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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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 Of course, perceived differences in color on guitars could all just boil down to mojo. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Can Guitar Paint Affect Your Tone?," 31 Dec. 2018 But Tim’s real mojo comes from being the industry’s convener-in-chief. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Sitting down with legendary publisher Tim O’Reilly," 31 July 2018 The Union appeared to receive some winning mojo from the NCAA champion Villanova basketball team, which was honored before the game. Marc Narducci,, "Union continue winning ways with victory over Chicago," 30 May 2018 His runner-up finish to Kyle Busch Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, in a final-lap tangle that put some serious mojo back in the sport, continued a trend of stopping one position short. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Kyle Larson continues to prove he's a serious NASCAR title contender," 2 July 2018 But suffer a hangover in the second game against South Korea, lose focus against an inferior side, and the momentum and mojo with which El Tri kicked off this World Cup would evaporate. Brian Straus,, "Mexico Passes Another Kind of World Cup Test in Outlasting South Korea," 23 June 2018 Their humor gets its slapstick from the Three Stooges, its non sequitur verbal mojo from the less-cerebral routines of the Firesign Theater, with a dash of Monty Python tossed in. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: ‘Super Troopers 2’: The Broken Lizard Boys Are Back," 19 Apr. 2018 For all of UK’s postseason success in Atlanta, is there any chance the Wildcats’ positive mojo in the city imploded along with the Georgia Dome in November? Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Return to Cat-lanta: Kentucky basketball has plenty of good memories in Atlanta," 21 Mar. 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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