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jumper1

[juhm-per] /ˈdʒʌm pər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that jumps.
2.
Basketball. jump shot.
3.
Sports. a participant in a jumping event, as in track or skiing.
4.
Manège. a horse specially trained to jump obstacles.
5.
a boring tool or device worked with a jumping motion.
6.
Also called jump wire. Electricity. a short length of conductor used to make a connection, usually temporary, between terminals of a circuit or to bypass a circuit.
7.
Also called jumper cable. booster cable.
8.
a kind of sled.
9.
Also called jumper stay. Nautical. a line preventing the end of a spar or boom from being lifted out of place.
10.
any of various fishes that leap from the water, as the striped mullet or jumprock.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; jump + -er1

jumper2

[juhm-per] /ˈdʒʌm pər/
noun
1.
a one-piece, sleeveless dress, or a skirt with straps and a complete or partial bodice, usually worn over a blouse by women and children.
2.
a loose outer jacket worn especially by workers and sailors.
3.
British. a pullover sweater.
4.
jumpers, rompers (def 2).
Origin
1850-55; obsolete jump short coat (origin uncertain) + -er1
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  • In the usa, these are sometimes sold as wooden puddle jumpers.
  • Bontebok are not good jumpers but they are very good at crawling under things.
British Dictionary definitions for jumpers

jumper1

/ˈdʒʌmpə/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) a knitted or crocheted garment covering the upper part of the body
2.
(US & Canadian) Also called pinafore dress. a sleeveless dress worn over a blouse or sweater
Word Origin
C19: from obsolete jump man's loose jacket, variant of jupe, from Old French, from Arabic jubbah long cloth coat

jumper2

/ˈdʒʌmpə/
noun
1.
a boring tool that works by repeated impact, such as a steel bit in a hammer drill used in boring rock
2.
Also called jumper cable, jumper lead. a short length of wire used to make a connection, usually temporarily, between terminals or to bypass a component
3.
a type of sled with a high crosspiece
4.
a person or animal that jumps
5.
(Irish, derogatory, slang) a person who changes religion; a convert
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Word Origin and History for jumpers

jumper

n.

1610s, "one who jumps," agent noun from jump (v.). The word meaning "sleeveless dress" (1853) apparently is from mid-17c. jump "short coat," also "woman's under bodice," of uncertain origin, perhaps from French jupe "skirt" (see jupe). Meaning "sleeveless dress worn over a blouse" first recorded American English 1939.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jumpers

jumper

Related Terms

puddle-jumper, tree jumper


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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