jumping jack


Definition of jumping jack

1 : a conditioning exercise performed from a standing position by jumping to a position with legs spread and arms raised and then to the original position
2 : a toy figure of a man jointed and made to jump or dance by means of strings or a sliding stick

Examples of jumping jack in a Sentence

We did a few jumping jacks to warm up.
Recent Examples on the Web Stepping jacks: This is a jumping jack in slow motion — without the jump. Tara Parker-pope New York Times, Star Tribune, 29 Jan. 2021 There is funding for the city’s beloved jumping jack program, through which block parties around the city can apply to get a bounce house to set up for the day. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2020 Chalk, jumping jacks, running in circles, ANYTHING. The Washington Post, 13 May 2020 After Spain announced a nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak on Saturday, a man in Seville put on workout clothes, climbed to a rooftop in his apartment complex, and started doing jumping jacks and squats. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 18 Mar. 2020 Sometimes, classes for the younger students start with a vigorous session of jumping jacks to get the fidgets out. Georgann Yara, azcentral, 5 Apr. 2020 Perform each exercise 10-12 times before moving on to the next one, and complete one to three rounds of all the moves with 30 seconds of high knees, jumping jacks or marching in place in between each round. Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNN, 20 Mar. 2020 There's also arts and craft projects and instructions to stay active and do jumping jacks. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Mar. 2020 Instances of the abuse included James being forced to do exercises -- jumping jacks and wall squats -- along with standing in front of a fan with no clothing but his underwear, according to the complaint. Amanda Watts, CNN, 15 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of jumping jack

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of jumping jack was in 1883

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“Jumping jack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumping%20jack. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jumping jack

: an exercise in which a standing person jumps to a position with the legs and arms spread out and then jumps back to the original position

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Kids Definition of jumping jack

: an exercise in which a person who is standing jumps to a position with legs and arms spread out and then jumps back to the original position


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