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[moh-joh] /ˈmoʊ dʒoʊ/
noun, plural mojos, mojoes.
the art or practice of casting magic spells; magic; voodoo.
an object, as an amulet or charm, that is believed to carry a magic spell.
1925-30, Americanism; compare Gullah moco witchcraft, magic, probably akin to Fulani moco'o medicine man (c represents voiced palatal stop) Unabridged
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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


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

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

Word Origin

Span. mojar 'make wet'

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Word Origin and History for mojo

"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

  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


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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