mo·​jo | \ ˈmō-(ˌ)jō \
plural mojoes or mojos

Definition of mojo

: a magic spell, hex, or charm broadly : magical power works his mojo on the tennis court The team has lost its mojo.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for mojo


amulet, charm, fetish (also fetich), mascot, periapt, phylactery, talisman


hoodoo, jinx

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Examples of mojo in a Sentence

He's been suffering from incredibly bad mojo lately. The team has lost its mojo. We need to get our mojos working again.
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His runner-up finish to Kyle Busch Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, in a final-lap tangle that put some serious mojo back in the sport, continued a trend of stopping one position short. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Kyle Larson continues to prove he's a serious NASCAR title contender," 2 July 2018 But suffer a hangover in the second game against South Korea, lose focus against an inferior side, and the momentum and mojo with which El Tri kicked off this World Cup would evaporate. Brian Straus,, "Mexico Passes Another Kind of World Cup Test in Outlasting South Korea," 23 June 2018 Their humor gets its slapstick from the Three Stooges, its non sequitur verbal mojo from the less-cerebral routines of the Firesign Theater, with a dash of Monty Python tossed in. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: ‘Super Troopers 2’: The Broken Lizard Boys Are Back," 19 Apr. 2018 For all of UK’s postseason success in Atlanta, is there any chance the Wildcats’ positive mojo in the city imploded along with the Georgia Dome in November? Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Return to Cat-lanta: Kentucky basketball has plenty of good memories in Atlanta," 21 Mar. 2018 Put a little overdrive or fuzz on it and the single coil packs some serious mojo. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The New Fender Strat Still Reigns Supreme," 27 Apr. 2017 The formerly boisterous and noisy Caps crowd lost a bit of its mojo as time inched toward the conclusion of regulation. Tyler Horka,, "Stanley Cup Final: Capitals Roll to Game 4 Win, 3-1 Series Lead Over Golden Knights," 4 June 2018 For the banderilla: In a medium bowl, combine mojo picón and Manchego cheese, stirring to coat. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 Order the pita with various toppings, including a smoky eggplant with robiolina, rice koji and mojo rojo; and a terrific composition of marinated tuna slices over green-chickpea hummus, tahini and urfa (Turkish pepper). Phil Vettel,, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of mojo

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mojo

probably of African origin; akin to Fulani moco'o medicine man

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English Language Learners Definition of mojo

: a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective, successful, etc.

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someone who never drinks alcohol

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