ja·​moke jə-ˈmōk How to pronounce jamoke (audio)
plural jamokes
old-fashioned slang : coffee sense 1
"Thank you, Marco," the Chief said when they had reached his door. "Will you come up for a cup of jamoke?"John Foster
slang : an ordinary, unimpressive, or inept person
typically used as a term of mild or joking disparagement for a man
If my brother and I proved one thing, it's that just about any jamoke can host a radio show.Ray Magliozzi
Your boss obviously thinks you're suckers, fools, chumps and jamokes. Take your pick.John Kass
Why hasn't anyone thought of inventing a laptop case that converts into a portable office so that when a jamoke like me is stuck in a joint like this, he can use the case as a portable work desk?Jeffrey L. Seglin

Word History


by shortening of jamocha "coffee," blend of java and mocha

Note: Origin of the second sense is unclear. The initial syllable and second vowel suggest slang jiboney, jaboney "guy, fellow."

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of jamoke was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Jamoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jamoke. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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