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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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 Since then, ballet has recovered some of its mojo, with dance companies finding ways to move forward rather than mourning the lost past. Zoë Anderson, WSJ, "‘Celestial Bodies’ Review: The Point of the Pointe," 22 June 2018 For a moment on Thursday afternoon, before the taut finale of another Yankees-Red Sox clash that has found its old, thrilling mojo, Boston Manager Alex Cora sounded like an analyst again. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "For the Yankees, the Magic Often Comes Late," 11 May 2018 Michael Jordan was the all-time great superstar who could never equal that mojo in a suit, as an executive and team owner. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Marlins' 25th Anniversary Weekend underlines Derek Jeter's obligation to heal deep wounds," 9 June 2018 Hopefully, with his self-destructive tendencies held in check, the mad genius could get back the missing mojo that was last fully displayed in all its aggravating glory on 2013’s grandiose and mostly great Yeezus. Dan Deluca,, "We're worried about Kanye West, but it might already be too late," 2 May 2018 But while some customers are thrilled to have gotten their mojo back, others are more skeptical about the effects of hydrotherapy. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Concierge IV hydration therapy service seeks to rehydrate Louisville," 12 July 2018 If not every play has found its mojo yet (and most get time for just a few rehearsals over a couple of weeks), ShortLived VII nonetheless showcases some formidable acting talent. Lily Janiak,, "The long tail of ShortLived VII, audience-judged theater competition at PianoFight in SF," 7 July 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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