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[jem-ee] /ˈdʒɛm i/ British
verb (used with object), jemmied, jemmying.
jimmy1 .
noun, plural jemmies.
jimmy1 .
Slang. an overcoat.
the baked head of a sheep.
Origin of jemmy
1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • jemmy came back, and Mr. Mylrea sent him to fetch his son Christian.

  • I'll lend ye a han' because you're a friend of the lad that's the friend of jemmy Hope.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Started this morning, in company with Morgan and jemmy, to examine the country to the southward.

  • Blossom was so fond of jemmy Three, and she had so few folks to be fond of.

    Judith Lynn Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • I folded my hands in my lap and I never took my eyes off jemmy as he went running on.

    Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy Charles Dickens
  • jemmy Three, like Jem One, had missed his rightful share of schooling.

    Judith Lynn Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • He made a motion as if to dismiss the man, but jemmy did not go.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Then quite privately and uninvited, jemmy Three began to think.

    Judith Lynn Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • I says “jemmy I feel as if it was beautiful fireworks being let off in my head.”

    Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy Charles Dickens
  • Uncle jemmy said nothing about getting his own dinner, but the boy had thought of that.

    Judith Lynn Annie Hamilton Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for jemmy


noun (pl) -mies
a short steel crowbar used, esp by burglars, for forcing doors and windows
verb -mies, -mying, -mied
(transitive) to prise (something) open with a jemmy
Word Origin
C19: from the pet name for James
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jemmy


a popular pet form of the masc. proper name James (in Middle English records, Gemme, Jemme are more common than Jimme). In mid-18c. often associated with effeminacy and male fastidiousness. As "a crowbar" from 1811.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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