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jitney

[cf. US Black jitney taxi (Walker 1956: 200); cf. OEDS I "the Jewish slang term for a nickel [5 cents].... jitney bus derives its name from jitney meaning the smallest coin in circu­lation in Russia"; cf. Russian zheton from Fr. jeton token; "Also, on account of the poor quality of these buses, used to designate anything cheap or ramshackle]

n. 1. a minibus used for public transport: The jitney is not a reliable form of transportation for the tourist (COB). (Gen.)

2.  a cheap, promiscuous girl: She what they call jitney—anyone could get on (Nassau). (Black)

3.  also jittimy (Gen.), ijittimy (Cat) [cf. US dial. jittany jitney, jit illegitimate child ADD; from illegitimate influenced by jitney] an illegitimate child. 1966 A little jittimy (Otterbein 75). cf. OUTSIDE CHILD

Tags: noun, sexuality

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Last update: 2012-11-11 04:21
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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