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[jel-ee-been] /ˈdʒɛl iˌbin/
a small, bean-shaped, usually brightly colored candy with a hard sugar coating and a firm gelatinous filling.
Origin of jellybean
1900-05, Americanism; jelly + bean Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for jellybean
  • One of them began sticking his jellybean atoms together in the shape of alternating pentagons and hexagons.
  • Mitochondria are jellybean-shaped structures whose jobs include making the fuel that our cells use to power everything they do.
  • It always produced many laughs to catch a trout on a jellybean.
British Dictionary definitions for jellybean


a bean-shaped sweet with a brightly coloured coating around a gelatinous filling
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Word Origin and History for jellybean

1905, from jelly (n.) + bean (n.). So called for its shape. Soon used in U.S. slang for "stupid person," probably encouraged by the slang sense of bean as "head."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jellybean


  1. A gaudily dressed man; faddish dresser (1919+)
  2. A stupid person; fool; sap: The jelly beans I went to school with (1915+)
  3. A novice; rookie (1950s+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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