noun, plural jitneys.
a small bus or car following a regular route along which it picks up and discharges passengers, originally charging each passenger five cents.
Older Slang. a nickel; five-cent piece.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), jitneyed, jitneying.
to carry or ride in a jitney.

1900–05, Americanism; of obscure origin; French jeton jetton is a phonetically implausible source

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jitney (ˈdʒɪtnɪ)
1.  a small bus that carries passengers for a low price, originally five cents
2.  slang a nickel; five cents
[C20: of unknown origin]

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"bus which carries passengers for a fare," 1914, Amer.Eng., from gitney, St. Louis slang for "a nickel" (1903), perhaps because the buses' fare was a nickel, a coin formerly called a gitney, perhaps from Fr. jeton "coin-sized metal disk, slug, counter," from O.Fr. jeter "to calculate," lit. "to throw."
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Example sentences
There were odd tales of two trains and a jitney bus gone awry.
Jitney services operate without a fixed schedule or stops and as warranted by demand.
As a result, many localities are beginning to develop their own local shuttle and jitney services.
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