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jitney

[jit-nee] /ˈdʒɪt ni/
noun, plural jitneys.
1.
a small bus or car following a regular route along which it picks up and discharges passengers, originally charging each passenger five cents.
2.
Older Slang. a nickel; five-cent piece.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), jitneyed, jitneying.
3.
to carry or ride in a jitney.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism; of obscure origin; French jeton jetton is a phonetically implausible source
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Examples for jitney
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for jitney

jitney

/ˈdʒɪtnɪ/
noun (US, rare)
1.
a small bus that carries passengers for a low price, originally five cents
2.
(slang) a nickel; five cents
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jitney
jitney
"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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Slang definitions & phrases for jitney

jitney

adjective

Cheap: a jitney dance hall (1916+)

modifier

: cracked down today on illegal jitney service

noun
  1. A nickel (1903+)
  2. (also jitney bus) A small bus used as public transportation •Formerly, jitneys were cars operating for low fare in more or less unregulated competition with taxis, buses, and streetcars (1914+)
  3. ny car, esp a small or cheap one (1917+)

[origin unknown; perhaps fr Yiddish]


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