jimmy, jemmy

(noun) a short crowbar; “in Britain they call a jimmy and jemmy”

pry, prise, prize, lever, jimmy

(verb) to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open; “The burglar jimmied the lock”; “Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


jimmy (plural jimmies)

(plurale tantum, dialectal, US, especially New England and Philadelphia) Chocolate sprinkles used as a topping for ice cream, cookies, or cupcakes.

(slang) A marijuana cigarette.

A device used to circumvent a locking mechanism; a slim jim.

(slang, Royal Navy) First Lieutenant (Executive Officer)

(US) A jemmy; a crowbar used by burglars to open windows and doors.

(US, slang) A penis.

(US, slang) A condom.

(SE, slang) Men's underwear.

(rare) A male crab; a cock.

(US) A coal-car.

Usage notes

• Because of their brown color, the apparently false etymology of jimmies having been named after Jim Crow has led some to consider the use of the term jimmies to refer to chocolate sprinkles to be offensive. However, many people who are either unaware of this theory or who agree it is false do not consider this an offensive term.


• (marijuana cigarette): see also marijuana cigarette

• (sprinkles): hundreds and thousands (UK), sprinkles

• (penis): see also penis

• (condom): see also condom


jimmy (third-person singular simple present jimmies, present participle jimmying, simple past and past participle jimmied)

To pry (something, especially a lock) open with or as if with a crowbar.


Proper noun


A diminutive of the male given names James, Jim, also used as a formal given name.

(Scottish, informal) A colloquial (potentially unfriendly or disparaging) way of addressing any male whose name is unknown to the speaker.


• (piddle): piddle, pee, wee


Jimmy (plural Jimmies)

(Cockney rhyming slang) Shortened form of Jimmy Riddle, a piddle.

Source: Wiktionary

Jim"my, n.; pl. Jimmies. Etym: [Cf. Jemmy.]

Definition: A short crowbar used by burglars in breaking open doors. [Written also jemmy.]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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Coffee Trivia

Coffee dates back to the 9th century. Goat herders in Ethiopia noticed their goats seem to be “dancing” after eating berries from a particular shrub. They reported it to the local monastery, and a monk made a drink out of it. The monk found out he felt energized and kept him awake at night. That’s how the first coffee drink was born.

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