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[jef] /dʒɛf/
a male given name, form of Jeffrey. Unabridged
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  • Clara is unpleasant to everyone except her irritating terrier, Jeff.
  • Records on three previous reviews, Jeff blue, now the vice president of warner bros.
British Dictionary definitions for Jeff


verb (transitive) (Austral, slang)
to downsize or close down (an organization)
to reduce (staff numbers) or dismiss (an employee)
to spoil or destroy ruthlessly
Former names kennett
Word Origin
C20: named after Jeff Kennett, former premier of the state of Victoria, Australia
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Word Origin and History for Jeff

shortened or familiar form of masc. proper name Jeffrey; in early to mid-20c., sometimes used by U.S. blacks to indicate a Southern white hick, probably from Jeff Davis, president of the Confederate States of America.

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