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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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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Well, because of a big kick return or an interception, or something, and that changes the mojo of the game. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Chris Petersen on Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith, Trey Adams, Hunter Bryant, Senior Day ceremony and more," 12 Nov. 2018 Buffalo made four more playoff appearances over the next six years, but never with the same mojo. Jacob Bogage,, "Toronto is now the saddest sports city. Unless it's Cincinnati. Or maybe it's still Washington.," 10 May 2018 Still, the question of exactly when and how his fashion mojo kicked into high gear has been something of a mystery—until now. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Is it Any Surprise That Steve Lacy Won Best Dressed in Eighth Grade?," 26 Mar. 2019 The mostly American cuisine gets a few Latin touches — think mojo pork, black beans and, of course, the bolillo and telera sandwich bread. A.d. Thompson,, "Longwood Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Existing shareholders at Aston Martin, mainly Italian and Kuwaiti investors, will be hoping that some of 007’s mojo will rub off on the shares. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Aston Martin Prepares for IPO," 28 Aug. 2018 Sears lost its mojo by being run by too many people with advanced degrees who lost touch with the market and didn’t actually shop at Sears, Walmart, Target, Costco, Sprouts, Krogers and Amazon. WSJ, "Sears Missed Every Chance to Remain Great," 17 Oct. 2018 The team that fought through nasty tactics from the Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs has lost its mojo. Marcus Hayes,, "The Sixers wilted again under the Celtics' hungry, physical play in NBA playoffs | Marcus Hayes," 5 May 2018 At Lacoste, Trotter must rally a game plan completely different to that deployed at her former home, which, despite its recent lapse in fashion show mojo, always offered her collections at retail. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Lacoste Appoints Louise Trotter as Creative Director," 4 Oct. 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

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

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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