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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After the lineup was announced in March, there was much talk of the festival losing its mojo and overall festival fatigue in Chicago. Jessi Roti,, "Lollapalooza four-day tickets sold out," 31 July 2019 Since the dynamic, dynastic 'U' began fading into mediocrity at the end of the Larry Coker coaching era all those years ago, the 'Canes have tried anything and everything in an attempt to recapture their magic and mojo. Mike Bianchi,, "Please, Manny Diaz, make the 'Canes relevant again | Commentary," 22 Aug. 2019 Lefty Kyle Freeland, attempting to regain his 2018 mojo, took a half-step forward. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Five takeaways: Rockies lose to Padres again, slide to lowest point since 2016," 9 Aug. 2019 With modern man increasingly devoted to new gods such as technology and media, ruthless and self-serving old gods such as Odin, Easter, Anansi the Spider and the ancient love goddess Bilquis are losing their mojo. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Superheroes behaving badly: 12 crusading TV series target mature audiences," 4 Aug. 2019 The modern-day fable stars Wyatt Russell as Dud, a sunny former surfer in Long Beach, Calif., whose mojo tanked after a snake bit him in Nicaragua and his father vanished into the Pacific. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: Tom Hiddleston in ‘Betrayal’; Beck Takes the Stage in Queens," 10 Aug. 2019 This baseball project is going to need some of that good mojo., "Canzano: Will annoying enthusiasm help MLB to PDX finally kill a dying shopping mall?," 1 Aug. 2019 Corrections posted February 22, 2010 The original version of this story listed the wrong US representative as talking about President Obama's mojo. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 After being optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on May 31, Freeland returned to the club on July 13, and Colorado’s opening day starter showed signs of regained mojo in his last outing with six innings of one-run ball against the Nationals. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ starting pitchers know the onus for an improbable turnaround is on them: “The pressure of the game is definitely on all of us right now.”," 28 July 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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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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