Jekyll and Hyde


Je·​kyll and Hyde ˈje-kəl-ən-ˈhīd How to pronounce Jekyll and Hyde (audio)
 also  ˈjē-,
 or  ˈjā-
: one having a two-sided personality one side of which is good and the other evil

Examples of Jekyll and Hyde in a Sentence

He's a real Jekyll and Hyde who can become violent without warning. his Jekyll and Hyde tendencies
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Word History


Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, representing the two-sided personality of the protagonist in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by R. L. Stevenson

First Known Use

circa 1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jekyll and Hyde was circa 1922

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Cite this Entry

“Jekyll and Hyde.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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