What does Jack mean?

Definitions for Jackdʒæk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Jack.

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.

  2. Jack(n.)

    Apple jack.

  3. Jack(n.)


  4. Origin: [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.

  2. Jack(Noun)

    Jack Daniel's, a brand of American whiskey.

  3. Origin: 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

  2. Jack(noun)

    a familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John

  3. Jack(noun)

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

  4. Jack(noun)

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

  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

  6. Jack(noun)

    a device to pull off boots

  7. Jack(noun)

    a sawhorse or sawbuck

  8. Jack(noun)

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

  9. Jack(noun)

    a wooden wedge for separating rocks rent by blasting

  10. Jack(noun)

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

  11. Jack(noun)

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

  12. Jack(noun)

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

  13. Jack(noun)

    a compact, portable machine for planing metal

  14. Jack(noun)

    a machine for slicking or pebbling leather

  15. Jack(noun)

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

  16. Jack(noun)

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

  17. Jack(noun)

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

  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

  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

  20. Jack(noun)

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

  21. Jack(noun)

    the male of certain animals, as of the ass

  22. Jack(noun)

    a young pike; a pickerel

  23. Jack(noun)

    the jurel

  24. Jack(noun)

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

  25. Jack(noun)

    the wall-eyed pike

  26. Jack(noun)

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

  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

  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

  29. Jack(noun)

    the knave of a suit of playing cards

  30. Jack(noun)

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

  31. Jack(noun)

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

  32. Jack(verb)

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

  33. Jack(verb)

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

  34. Origin: [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.

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British National Corpus

  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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    All play and no work make Jack a poor boy.

  2. John Bay:

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

  3. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    All play and no work makes Jack a poor boy.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.

  5. Larry Kot:

    Jack Daniel McCullough's right where Jack Daniel McCullough should be.

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