jim crow

noun (1), often capitalized J&C
\ ˈjim-ˈkrō How to pronounce jim crow (audio) \

Definition of jim crow

 (Entry 1 of 7)

1 : ethnic discrimination especially against blacks by legal enforcement or traditional sanctions
2 usually disparaging + offensive : black sense 4


noun (2)
jim-dan·​dy | \ ˈjim-ˈdan-dē How to pronounce jim-dandy (audio) \

Definition of jim-dandy (Entry 2 of 7)

: something excellent of its kind


\ ˈslim-ˈjim How to pronounce slim-jim (audio) , -ˌjim\

Definition of slim-jim (Entry 3 of 7)

: notably slender

Jim Thorpe

geographical name
\ ˈjim-ˈthȯrp How to pronounce Jim Thorpe (audio) \

Definition of Jim Thorpe (Entry 4 of 7)

borough on the Lehigh River in eastern Pennsylvania formed in 1954 by the merger of the boroughs of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk to honor American Indian athlete Jim Thorpe population 4781

jim dash

noun (3)

Definition of jim dash (Entry 5 of 7)

: a short printed dash usually used to separate the decks of a newspaper headline, individual items under one newspaper heading, or separate stories dealing with one event if they follow each other in the same column

Jim Fish

noun (4)

Definition of Jim Fish (Entry 6 of 7)

South Africa, usually disparaging + offensive
: a black person

Jim Hill mustard

noun (5)

Definition of Jim Hill mustard (Entry 7 of 7)

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Other Words from jim crow

Noun (1)

jim crow adjective, often capitalized J&C
jim crowism \ ˈjim-​ˈkrō-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce jim crowism (audio) \ noun, often capitalized J&C

Noun (2)

jim-dandy adjective

First Known Use of jim crow

Noun (1)

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1887, in the meaning defined above


1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jim crow

Noun (1)

Jim Crow, stereotype black man in a 19th century song-and-dance act

Noun (2)

from the name Jim


slim entry 1 + Jim, nickname for James

Noun (3)

probably from the name Jim

Noun (4)

Jim (nickname for James) + fish

Noun (5)

after Jim (James J.) Hill †1916 American railroad promoter; from the growth of the weed along railroad lines J. Hill promoted

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