mo·​jo | \ ˈmō-(ˌ)jō How to pronounce mojo (audio) \
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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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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Recent Examples on the Web With too many mountaineers, too much trash, too many fatalities, Everest has lost its mojo, its mystique. Washington Post, "The British royal family is struggling through scandals. Can ‘The Crown’ help?," 27 Dec. 2019 Michigan took control Saturday when Indiana lost its offensive mojo, and the Wolverines ran away when that offense hit the wall in the third quarter. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Signature win continues to evade IU as No. 12 Michigan pulls away in second half," 23 Nov. 2019 Last game: Defeated Seahawks, 28-12 | Previous ranking: 12 | Buzz: Looks like Sean McVay got his mojo back. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL power rankings: Detroit Lions keep falling, now ahead of just three teams," 10 Dec. 2019 But other Chinese unicorns have managed to retain some of their mojo. The Economist, "China’s tech darlings have been on a tear," 21 Nov. 2019 For Orlando City, seeing Dwyer get his mojo back offers a breath of reassurance. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "With Dom Dwyer back in top form, Orlando City designated player unit thrives," 27 Sep. 2019 John Montefusco was a fan favorite who was losing his mojo. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Antonio Brown’s spat with Mike Mayock reminds of T.O., Sprewell, other Bay Area infights," 5 Sep. 2019 The Warriors regained their offensive mojo in the first quarter on Monday night. Michael Shapiro,, "Can the Splash Brothers Pull Off One More Oracle Classic?," 13 June 2019 Kirk Cousins has found his mojo again, just in time to face the Lions. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL power rankings: Detroit Lions fall after loss to Packers," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

20 Jan 2020

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“Mojo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mojo

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

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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