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 The problem is, José Luis Mendilibar’s team has lost its mojo. Henry Flynn, Forbes, "La Liga Crunch Time: The Protagonists Set To Decide This Season," 28 Apr. 2021 Hopefully, new coach Urban Meyer will change Jacksonville’s mojo, but until that happens, go ask Blake Bortles and Blaine Gabbert what getting drafted in the first round by the dysfunctional Jaguars did for their NFL quarterbacking careers. Mike Bianchi,, "If Bucs take Kyle Trask, he’ll end up as best quarterback in the NFL Draft | Commentary," 27 Apr. 2021 Anyway, Cole, Sonya Blade and Kano must train for a big showdown and find their inner fighting mojo. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Review: You wanted lots of blood? 'Mortal Kombat' listened," 22 Apr. 2021 And maybe even gain some new creative mojo along the way. Washington Post, "A scripted comedy series was about to be shut down by covid. So producers made everyone into a cartoon instead.," 16 Apr. 2021 Two of Ayala's free throws came after an Izzo technical foul for arguing foul calls, erasing the Spartans' lead, mojo and consistency. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball still searching for solutions ahead of Selection Sunday," 11 Mar. 2021 Donnelly’s statues and figurines swing at a similar mojo of high art crossed with nonchalant vulgarity. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The X-ed Out World of KAWS," 8 Mar. 2021 What could help keep this mojo going is the defensive posture the Wild used to silence the Golden Knights' sticks for much of Saturday's battle. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild returns home to fans at Xcel Energy Center with momentum from road trip," 4 Apr. 2021 But the Bears have regained their mojo during this tournament, looking like the team that was considered the best in the country earlier this season. USA TODAY, "Final Four predictions for men's NCAA Tournament games," 3 Apr. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Mojo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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