Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: J – JACK'SAUCE
THIS letter has been added to the English Alphabet in modern days; the letter I being written formerly in words where J is now used. It seems to have had the sound of y in many words, as it still has in the German. The English sound of this letter may be expressed by dzh, or edzh, a compound sound coinciding exactly with that of g, in genius; the French j, with the articulation d preceding it. It is the tenth letter of the English Alphabet.
Rapid talk with indistinct utterance of words. – Swift.
JAB'BER, v.i. [D. gabberen, or Fr. jaboter. Class Gb.]
To talk rapidly or indistinctly; to chatter; to prate. – Swift.
One that talks rapidly, indistinctly or unintelligibly.
Prating; talking rapidly and confusedly.
By prating indistinctly or confusedly.
Idle prate. [Obs.] – Milton.
An aquatic fowl of the crane kind. The Jabiru is the Mycteria Americana. It resembles the stork. – Cuvier.
A group of fowls arranged by Linnæus under the genus Alcedo; but their toes are differently placed, and their food consists of insects. They are about the size of a lark. Numerous species are described. – Encyc. The Jackamars are arranged in a separate genus, Galbula, and along with the woodpeckers in the order of climbers. – Cuvier.
JA'CENT, a. [L. jacens, jaceo, to lie.]
Lying at length. – Wotton.
JA'CINTH, n. [a different orthography of Hyacinth.]
A species of pellucid gems. [See Hyacinth.] Rev. xxi.
JACK, n. [zeku, in Ethiopic, is the pronoun he or she.]
- A nickname or diminutive of John, used as a general term of contempt for any saucy or paltry fellow. – Johnson.
- The name of an instrument that supplies the place of a boy; an instrument to pull off boots. – Watts.
- An engine to turn a spit; as, a kitchen jack; a smoke jack.
- A young pike. – Mortimer.
- A coat of mail. [Sp. xaco, xaqueta.] – Hayward.
- A pitcher of waxed leather. – Dryden.
- A small bowl thrown out for a mark to the bowlers.
- Part of a musical instrument called a virginal. – Bacon.
- The male of certain animals, as of the ass. [Arm. ozach, a husband.] – Arbuthnot.
- A horse or wooden frame on which wood or timber is sawed. – Ainsworth.
- In sea-language, a flag, ensign or colors, displayed from a staff on the end of a bow-sprit. – Mar. Dict.
- In Yorkshire, half a pint. Grose. A quarter of a pint. – Pegge. Jack at all trades, a person who can turn his hand to any kind of business. Jack by the hedge, a plant of the genus Erysimum, that grows under hedges. – Fam. of Plants. Jack in a box, a plant of the genus Hernandia. #2. A large wooden male screw, turning in a female one. – Mar. Dict. Jack with a lantern, an ignis fatuus, a meteor that appears in low moist lands. Jack of the clock-house, a little man that strikes the quarters in a clock.
A little foppish impertinent fellow.
JACK'AL, n. [Sp. chacal; Turk. chical.]
An animal of the genus Canis, resembling a dog and a fox; a native of Asia and Africa. It preys on poultry and other small animals. It is the Canis aureus of Linnaeus. – Encyc. Cyc.
JACK'A-LENT, n. [Jack in lent, a poor starved fellow.]
A simple sheepish fellow. – Shak.
JACK'A-NAPES, n. [jack and ape.]
- A monkey; an ape.
- A coxcomb; an impertinent fellow. A young upstart jackanapes. – Arbuthnot.
The male of the ass.
A block attached to the top-gallant-tie of a ship, to sway up or to strike the yard. – Mar. Dict.
JACK'BOOTS, n. [See No. 5, supra.]
Boots that serve as armor for the legs. – Spectator.
JACK'DAW, n. [jack and daw.]
A fowl of the genus Corvus, thievish and mischievous to the farmer. Encyc.
JACK'ET, n. [Sp. xaqueta, a short loose coat; xaco, a short jacket; xaquetilla, a jacket; Fr. jaquette; Basque, jacaya.]
A short close garment worn by males, extending downward to the hips; a short coat.
Wearing a jacket.
A flag hoisted at the spritsail top-mast-head. – Encyc.
JACK'PUD-DING, n. [jack and pudding.]
A merry-andrew; a buffoon; a zany. – Gay.
A saucy fellow.