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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jack, doodly-squat, diddly-squat, diddlysquat, diddly-shit, diddlyshit, diddly, diddley, squat, shit(noun)

    a small worthless amount

    "you don't know jack"

  2. mariner, seaman, tar, Jack-tar, Jack, old salt, seafarer, gob, sea dog(noun)

    a man who serves as a sailor

  3. laborer, manual laborer, labourer, jack(noun)

    someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor

  4. jackfruit, jak, jack(noun)

    immense East Indian fruit resembling breadfruit; it contains an edible pulp and nutritious seeds that are commonly roasted

  5. jack(noun)

    a small ball at which players aim in lawn bowling

  6. jack(noun)

    an electrical device consisting of a connector socket designed for the insertion of a plug

  7. jack, jackstones(noun)

    game equipment consisting of one of several small six-pointed metal pieces that are picked up while bouncing a ball in the game of jacks

  8. jack(noun)

    small flag indicating a ship's nationality

  9. jack, knave(noun)

    one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince

  10. jack(noun)

    tool for exerting pressure or lifting

  11. jack(noun)

    any of several fast-swimming predacious fishes of tropical to warm temperate seas

  12. jack, jackass(verb)

    male donkey

  13. jack, jack up(verb)

    lift with a special device

    "jack up the car so you can change the tire"

  14. jacklight, jack(verb)

    hunt with a jacklight


  1. Jack(n.)

    The knave of a suit of playing cards.12. (pl.) A game played with small (metallic, with tetrahedrally oriented spikes) objects (the jacks(1950+), formerly jackstones) that are tossed, caught, picked up, and arranged on a horizontal surface in various patterns; in the modern American game, the movements are accompanied by tossing or bouncing a rubber ball on the horizontal surface supporting the jacks. same as jackstones.

    Etymology: [F. Jacques James, L. Jacobus, Gr. , Heb. Ya 'aqb Jacob; prop., seizing by the heel; hence, a supplanter. Cf. Jacobite, Jockey.]

  2. Jack(n.)

    Apple jack.

    Etymology: [F. Jacques James, L. Jacobus, Gr. , Heb. Ya 'aqb Jacob; prop., seizing by the heel; hence, a supplanter. Cf. Jacobite, Jockey.]

  3. Jack(n.)


    Etymology: [F. Jacques James, L. Jacobus, Gr. , Heb. Ya 'aqb Jacob; prop., seizing by the heel; hence, a supplanter. Cf. Jacobite, Jockey.]


  1. jack(Verb)

    To hit (the ball) hard; especially, to hit (the ball) out of the field, producing a home run.

    Etymology: Short for Jack Tar.

  2. Jack(Noun)

    Jack Daniel's, a brand of American whiskey.

    Etymology: Short for Jack Tar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jack(noun)

    a large tree, the Artocarpus integrifolia, common in the East Indies, closely allied to the breadfruit, from which it differs in having its leaves entire. The fruit is of great size, weighing from thirty to forty pounds, and through its soft fibrous matter are scattered the seeds, which are roasted and eaten. The wood is of a yellow color, fine grain, and rather heavy, and is much used in cabinetwork. It is also used for dyeing a brilliant yellow

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  2. Jack(noun)

    a familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  3. Jack(noun)

    an impertinent or silly fellow; a simpleton; a boor; a clown; also, a servant; a rustic

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  4. Jack(noun)

    a popular colloquial name for a sailor; -- called also Jack tar, and Jack afloat

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  5. Jack(noun)

    a mechanical contrivance, an auxiliary machine, or a subordinate part of a machine, rendering convenient service, and often supplying the place of a boy or attendant who was commonly called Jack

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  6. Jack(noun)

    a device to pull off boots

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  7. Jack(noun)

    a sawhorse or sawbuck

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  8. Jack(noun)

    a machine or contrivance for turning a spit; a smoke jack, or kitchen jack

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  9. Jack(noun)

    a wooden wedge for separating rocks rent by blasting

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  10. Jack(noun)

    a lever for depressing the sinkers which push the loops down on the needles

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  11. Jack(noun)

    a grating to separate and guide the threads; a heck box

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  12. Jack(noun)

    a machine for twisting the sliver as it leaves the carding machine

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  13. Jack(noun)

    a compact, portable machine for planing metal

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  14. Jack(noun)

    a machine for slicking or pebbling leather

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  15. Jack(noun)

    a system of gearing driven by a horse power, for multiplying speed

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  16. Jack(noun)

    a hood or other device placed over a chimney or vent pipe, to prevent a back draught

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  17. Jack(noun)

    in the harpsichord, an intermediate piece communicating the action of the key to the quill; -- called also hopper

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  18. Jack(noun)

    in hunting, the pan or frame holding the fuel of the torch used to attract game at night; also, the light itself

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  19. Jack(noun)

    a portable machine variously constructed, for exerting great pressure, or lifting or moving a heavy body through a small distance. It consists of a lever, screw, rack and pinion, hydraulic press, or any simple combination of mechanical powers, working in a compact pedestal or support and operated by a lever, crank, capstan bar, etc. The name is often given to a jackscrew, which is a kind of jack

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  20. Jack(noun)

    the small bowl used as a mark in the game of bowls

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  21. Jack(noun)

    the male of certain animals, as of the ass

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  22. Jack(noun)

    a young pike; a pickerel

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  23. Jack(noun)

    the jurel

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  24. Jack(noun)

    a large, California rock fish (Sebastodes paucispinus); -- called also boccaccio, and merou

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  25. Jack(noun)

    the wall-eyed pike

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  26. Jack(noun)

    a drinking measure holding half a pint; also, one holding a quarter of a pint

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  27. Jack(noun)

    a flag, containing only the union, without the fly, usually hoisted on a jack staff at the bowsprit cap; -- called also union jack. The American jack is a small blue flag, with a star for each State

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  28. Jack(noun)

    a bar of iron athwart ships at a topgallant masthead, to support a royal mast, and give spread to the royal shrouds; -- called also jack crosstree

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  29. Jack(noun)

    the knave of a suit of playing cards

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  30. Jack(noun)

    a coarse and cheap mediaeval coat of defense, esp. one made of leather

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  31. Jack(noun)

    a pitcher or can of waxed leather; -- called also black jack

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  32. Jack(verb)

    to hunt game at night by means of a jack. See 2d Jack, n., 4, n

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

  33. Jack(verb)

    to move or lift, as a house, by means of a jack or jacks. See 2d Jack, n., 5

    Etymology: [Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jack

    jak, n. used as a familiar name or diminutive of John: a saucy or paltry fellow: a sailor: any instrument serving to supply the place of a boy or helper, as a bootjack for taking off boots, a contrivance for turning a spit (smoke-jack, roasting-jack), a screw for raising heavy weights, a figure which strikes the bell in clocks: the male of some animals: a young pike: a support to saw wood on: a miner's wedge: a flag displayed from the bowsprit of a ship: a leather pitcher or bottle: a coat of mail: (coll.) a knave in cards: the small white ball that forms the aim in bowls.—ns. Jack′-a-dan′dy, a dandy or fop, esp. if diminutive; Jack′-a-Lan′tern, the ignis fatuus or Will-o'-the-Wisp; Jack′-a-Lent′ (Shak.), a boy (for Jack of Lent, a kind of puppet formerly thrown at in sport at Lent); Jack′-block, a block of pulleys used for raising and lowering topgallant-masts.—n.pl. Jack′boots, large boots reaching above the knee, to protect the leg, formerly worn by cavalry, and covered with plates of iron.—ns. Jack′-cross′-tree, the cross-tree at the head of a topgallant-mast; Jack′-flag, a flag which is hoisted at the spritsail topmast-head; Jack′-fool, an absolute ass; Jack′-in-off′ice, a conceited and impertinent official; Jack′-in-the-box′, a box with a figure in it that springs up when the lid is lifted; Jack′-in-the-green′, a May-day chimney-sweep almost covered up with green shrubs; Jack′-knife, a large clasp-knife; Jack′-man, a soldier armed with a jack or coat of mail: a retainer; Jack′-nas′ty, a sneak, a sloven; Jack′-of-all′-trades, one who can turn his hand to anything; Jack′-plane, a large, strong plane used by joiners; Jack′-pudd′ing, a merry-andrew, buffoon; Jack′-rabb′it, one of several species of prairie-hares, with very long ears and legs; Jack′-raft′er, a rafter, shorter than the rest, used in hip-roofs; Jack′-sauce (Shak.), a saucy fellow; Jack′-screw, a screw for raising heavy weights; Jack′-slave (Shak.), a low servant, a vulgar fellow; Jack′-smith, a smith who makes jacks for the kitchen; Jack′-snipe, a small species of snipe; Jack′-staff, the staff on which the jack is hoisted.—n.pl. Jack′-stays, ropes or strips of wood or iron stretched along the yards of a ship to bind the sails to.—ns. Jack′-straw, a straw effigy, a low servile fellow; Jack′-tar, a sailor; Jack′-towel, a long endless towel passing over a roller.—Jack Frost, frost personified as a mischievous fellow; Jack Ketch, a public hangman—from one so named under James II.; Jack Sprat, a diminutive fellow.—Cheap Jack (see Cheap); Every man Jack, one and all; Yellow Jack (slang), yellow feve

  2. Jack

    Jak, jak, n. a tree of the East Indies of the same genus as the bread-fruit tree. [Port. jaka—Malay tsjaka.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Jack

    a familiar form of John, the most widely spread of Christian names, and said to be derived from the French Jacques or, as others maintain, from Jankin, a distinctive form of Johan or John; Johnkin gives us Jock and Jockey; from its extreme commonness it has acquired that slightly contemptuous signification observable in such compounds as "every man Jack," "Jack-of-all-trades," "Jack-an-apes," and the name as applied to the knaves in playing-cards, and to the small white ball used as a mark in the game of bowls is an example of its transferred sense.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. jack

    In the British navy the jack is a small union flag, formed by the intersection of St. George's and St. Andrew's crosses (which see), usually displayed from a staff erected on the outer end of a ship's bowsprit. In merchant ships the union is bordered with white or red. (See UNION-JACK.) Also, a common term for the jack or cross-trees. Also, a young male pike, Esox lucius, under a foot in length. Also, a drinking vessel of half-pint contents. (See BLACK-JACK.)--Jack, or Jack Tar, a familiar term for a sailor. A fore-mast man and an able seaman. It was an early term for short coats, jackets, and a sort of coat-of-mail or defensive lorica, or upper garment.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. jack

    See Implements.

  2. jack

    (Fr. jacque). A coat of defensive armor, quilted and covered with leather, worn particularly by horsemen; a buff-jerkin; rarely, a coat of mail.

Rap Dictionary

  1. jack(verb)

    Jack Hedges still owns your asses. New and up to date version - Jack 6.0: Get it now.. "Jack will always be the best" - Jack HedgesAGAIN.

  2. jack(verb)

    The best in the world. "Jack Hedges rules your asses." - Jack Hedges

  3. jack(verb)

    To rob someone face to face. "Lets see who the fu** I'ma jack today" -- Ice Cube (Robin hood).

  4. jack(verb)

    To steal a car while someone is driving it. "...and you always down to jack a bitch fo her ride then you might be gang related" -- AnyBody Killa (gang related)

  5. jack(verb)

    Shortened form of the name of the Tennessee whiskey, Jack Daniels. "I wanna have a good time and enjoy my Jack, sit back and watch the women get drunk as hell." Ludacris - Get Back '04

  6. jack(verb)

    Getting beat up. "He got jawjacked." meaning they busted his jaw.

  7. jack(verb)

    Masturbating. Sometimes "jack off."

  8. jack(noun)

    Nothing, "I ain't got jack to give you".

  9. jack(noun)


  10. jack(noun)

    Phone, cellular phone wu-tang "miss, gimme ya jack, aw shit, low battery..."

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'JACK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1871

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'JACK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1703

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of JACK in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of JACK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of JACK in a Sentence

  1. Neal Pilson:

    If you look at Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, I think they all make substantially more money today than they were making playing golf, the business opportunities open to Tiger Woods would probably dwarf the other guys.

  2. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis:

    For a while I thought history was something bitter old men wrote. But Jack loved history so ... for Jack history was full of heroes.

  3. Assistant State Attorney Matthew Smith:

    ( Montgomery) picked Jack Junior Montgomery up and flung Jack Junior Montgomery as described by the other brothers, helicopter across the hotel room into what’s kind of a cabinet, where Jack Junior Montgomery hit head first. And ultimately caused Jack Junior Montgomery brain to bleed.

  4. Jack Ryan Edwards:

    It was a big deal, to me, when you go to a grocery store with an autistic kid, especially when Jack Ryan and Taylor're young, people don't understand, Jack Ryan and Taylor're not very accepting.

  5. Jim Bagwell:

    Around trade shows, hotels jack up the prices. So it's a lot more convenient to get an apartment, and if you're going with two or three other people you can stay at the same place, get more done and save money, with hotels you have to pay for parking and other fees.

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