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mojo

[moh-joh] /ˈmoʊ dʒoʊ/
noun, plural mojos, mojoes.
1.
the art or practice of casting magic spells; magic; voodoo.
2.
an object, as an amulet or charm, that is believed to carry a magic spell.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism; compare Gullah moco witchcraft, magic, probably akin to Fulani moco'o medicine man (c represents voiced palatal stop)
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Examples from the web for mojo
  • The mojo of open journalism, plus that itchy beta thing.
  • He seemed to be concentrating on getting in touch with his mojo.
  • The fear is that they will somehow screw up the team's mojo.
  • The culture appears to have lost its mojo, its churning energy.
British Dictionary definitions for mojo

mojo

/ˈməʊdʒəʊ/
noun (US, slang) (pl) mojos, mojoes
1.
  1. an amulet, charm, or magic spell
  2. (as modifier): ancient mojo spells
2.
the art of casting magic spells
3.
uncanny personal power or influence
Word Origin
C20: of W African origin
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Contemporary definitions for mojo
noun

a Cuban seasoning of garlic, olive oil, and sour (Seville) oranges used as a dip, marinade, or sauce

Word Origin

Span. mojar 'make wet'

Usage Note

cooking

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Word Origin and History for mojo
n.

"magic," 1920s, probably of Creole origin, cf. Gullah moco "witchcraft," Fula moco'o "medicine man."

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Slang definitions & phrases for mojo

mojo 1

noun
  1. A charm or amulet worn against evil; hence power, luck, effectiveness, etc: When you got the mojo, brother, when you're on the inside, the world is fantastic/ gets his mojo going for conventions and elections/ The office bears a sort of superstitious, bad-mojo stamp
  2. Power; charisma: her mojo gets her into a lot of high places
  3. Sex appeal; also, one's sex drive: He had his mojo going at the party

[1920s+ Black; origin unknown; probably fr an African language]


mojo 2

noun

Any narcotic, esp morphine

[1935+ Narcotics; perhaps fr Spanish mojar, ''celebrate by drinking'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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