jimmy

noun
jim·my | \ˈji-mē \
plural jimmies

Definition of jimmy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a short crowbar

jimmy

verb
jimmied; jimmying

Definition of jimmy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to force open with or as if with a jimmy the burglar jimmied a window

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Synonyms for jimmy

Synonyms: Verb

lever, prize, pry

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Examples of jimmy in a Sentence

Noun

The burglar used a jimmy to open the window.

Verb

let's try to jimmy the door lock with my credit card

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The crispy pastry tube was overflowing with sweetened, whipped ricotta and dotted with chocolate jimmies. Suzanne Loudermilk, baltimoresun.com, "At Giovanni's, hearty Italian fare and an old-fashioned feel," 22 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On the video, according to the Key West police report, a man rides up to the bike rack on a tricycle, jimmies the lock and chain and then walk outs of view, only to return with a saw. Gwen Filosa, miamiherald, "He walked away from two drunk boating convictions — but a minor theft now means prison time | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 The thief or thieves busted out the driver's side window and jimmied the ignition to drive off with Harbour's possessions. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Thieves stole homeless vet's van, but he and his dog get helping hand in Fountain Square," 28 Mar. 2018 And the Sabine material, jimmied into an art history class, feels for most of the play like footnotes. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Sexual Assault as Both History Lesson and Satire," 10 Sep. 2017 The power tools were located in the truck’s side boxes, which had been jimmied. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Franklin Police Report: Man nabbed on forgery, drug charges after passing fake bills at Walmart," 31 Oct. 2017 The second act, which traces the consequences of Bowzie’s decision, depends too heavily on plot turns that don’t make sense, back stories belatedly jimmied into place and short scenes filled with letters read aloud. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Too Heavy for Your Pocket,’ Who Can Afford Civil Rights?," 5 Oct. 2017 Too often, many of us picture criminal activity as someone attempting to unlawfully enter our homes or offices by trying to jimmy a lock or maybe break a window. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Cyber crooks target tax pros, putting your data at risk," 13 Aug. 2017 A veteran Senate aide had few ideas as to how McConnell could jimmy free the necessary votes to pass the Republican health care bill. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Senate health bill pulled – but ‘don’t count Senator McConnell out’," 28 June 2017 The devices are placed either inside the pumps by thieves who jimmy them open or outside the pumps using overlays on the pump’s card reader. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "How to avoid getting skimmed when you’re filling your car with gas," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of jimmy

Noun

1848, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jimmy

Noun

from the name Jimmy

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Dictionary Entries near jimmy

jimjams

jimmer

jimmies

jimmy

jimmyweed

jimp

jimsonweed

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The first known use of jimmy was in 1848

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More Definitions for jimmy

jimmy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jimmy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short metal bar used to force things open or as a lever

jimmy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jimmy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to force (something, such as a lock, door, or window) open with a metal bar or a similar tool

jimmy

verb
jim·my | \ˈji-mē \
jimmied; jimmying

Kids Definition of jimmy

: to force open with or as if with a short crowbar

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