mojo

noun
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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Recent Examples on the Web

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, Philly.com, "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, SFChronicle.com, "The long tail of ShortLived VII, audience-judged theater competition at PianoFight in SF," 7 July 2018 The spud and chorizo, second from left, is stuffed with slices of chorizo, crispy potatoes, tomato mojo, and jalapeno pesto. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 2018 Maybe Sanders needs to lend a bit more of his own political mojo to his followers. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Sanders Announces Reelection Bid as Negative Buzz Builds About Our Revolution," 22 May 2018 How Louisville can beat Kentucky Above all, the Cards have their mojo back in this rivalry. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Kentucky again," 13 July 2018 But according to Day, his usual banter suggests his competitive mojo is back after some dark times during his various injury layoffs. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "US Open 2018: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson still moving US Open needle," 13 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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The first known use of mojo was in 1926

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mojo

noun

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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