Davy Jones's locker

noun

Da·​vy Jones's locker ˌdā-vē-ˌjōnz(-əz)- How to pronounce Davy Jones's locker (audio)
: the bottom of the ocean

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1777, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Davy Jones's locker was circa 1777

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“Davy Jones's locker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Davy%20Jones%27s%20locker. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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Davy Jones's locker

noun
Da·​vy Jones's locker ˌdā-vē-ˌjōnz(-əz)- How to pronounce Davy Jones's locker (audio)
: the bottom of the sea
Etymology

from Davy Jones, a name used by sailors to represent the spirit of the sea

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