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[jim-jamz] /ˈdʒɪmˌdʒæmz/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Slang.
extreme nervousness; jitters.
Origin of jimjams
1540-50; gradational compound based on jam1. Cf. flimflam, jingle-jangle, etc. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They give me the jimjams, the willies, and I want to get away.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • Think o' the disgrace o' gettin' the jimjams in a foreign port.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • To present it a painter would have to inebriate himself, spill his colors all about the place and wind up with the jimjams.

    The Ship Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • But to look upon 'em as they appeared in the cars, would 'ave give that consciencious but onsophisticated inspector the jimjams.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • jimjams has just as much chance of winning this race as Mr. Jeremy has of being Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • For one thing, Pinto, no cop goes into hysterics at sight of a dead body unless his conscience is giving him the jimjams.

British Dictionary definitions for jimjams


plural noun
a slang word for delirium tremens
a state of nervous tension, excitement, or anxiety
(informal) pyjamas
Word Origin
C19: whimsical formation based on jam1
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