Definitions starting with J

ID #4790

jumper church

[cf. US Black, "shouting and jumping in church" (Brown 1972:135); cf. OED jumper a name applied to members of a body of Methodists which arose in Wales about the middle of the eighteenth century, who used to jump and dance as a part of religious worship; applied also to more recent sects following similar practices]

n. a fundamentalist sect: 1917 Tabernacle of the Holy Jumpers (Defries 102). 1963 The congrega­tion. . . [did) a strange kind of rigid, mechanical jumping. . The local Pentecostal church, known to other denominations as Jumpers (Cotiman 37, 60). I use to like to keep up with the jumper church (Nassau). (Gen.)

Tags: noun, religion

Related entries:

Last update: 2011-06-01 18:23
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

Digg it! Share on Facebook Print this record Send definition to a friend Show this as PDF file
Please rate this definition:

Average rating: 0 (0 Votes)

completely useless 1 2 3 4 5 most valuable

You can comment on this entry. We are especially interested in where you may have heard this word and who you may have heard use this term or specific usage of this word.

Please give example sentences.

Start comment!