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juju

[joo-joo] /ˈdʒu dʒu/
noun
1.
an object venerated superstitiously and used as a fetish or amulet by tribal peoples of West Africa.
2.
the magical power attributed to such an object.
3.
a ban or interdiction effected by it.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; allegedly < Hausa jūjū fetish
Related forms
jujuism, noun
jujuist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for juju

juju

/ˈdʒuːdʒuː/
noun
1.
an object superstitiously revered by certain W African peoples and used as a charm or fetish
2.
the power associated with a juju
3.
a taboo effected by a juju
4.
any process in which a mystery is exploited to confuse people
Derived Forms
jujuism, noun
jujuist, noun
Word Origin
C19: probably from Hausa djudju evil spirit, fetish
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Contemporary definitions for juju
noun

the magical power of such an object

Word Origin

French joujou 'plaything'

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Word Origin and History for juju
n.

object of religious veneration among West Africans, 1860, supposedly ultimately from French joujou "toy, plaything."

"marijuana cigarette," 1940, supposedly from reduplicated middle syllable of marijuana.

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Slang definitions & phrases for juju

juju

noun

Magical or supernatural power: has some juju going for him


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