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jitney

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noun jit·ney \ˈjit-nē\

Definition of jitney

plural jitneys

  1. 1 slang :  nickel 2a(1)

  2. 2 [from the original 5 cent fare] :  bus 1a; especially :  a small bus that carries passengers over a regular route on a flexible schedule

  3. 3 :  an unlicensed taxicab



Origin of jitney

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1903


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