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jimmy Syllabification: jim·my
Pronunciation: /ˈjimē/
(British jemmyˈjemē)

Definition of jimmy in English:

noun (plural jimmies)

A short crowbar used by a burglar to force open a window or door.
Example sentences
  • We armed ourselves with axes, crowbars, jemmies, metal poles, sledge hammers, a quart of paraffin and box of matches.
  • He then forced the latch of the window open using a jimmy.
  • A tool, perhaps a jemmy, was used to open a rear door, but the thieves failed to get inside the car.

verb (jimmies, jimmying, jimmied)

[with object] informal Back to top  
Force open (a window or door) with a jimmy.
Example sentences
  • A front door was jemmied open and thieves stole jewellery, a mobile phone, DVDs and a PlayStation 2 console worth a total of £2,000.
  • The burglar had jemmied the window of the rear bedroom out of its frame, breaking the window catches in the process.
  • Anyway, by climbing up the cherry tree, swinging across to the balcony and jemmying the window, we soon found that getting in through the bathroom was a doddle.


Early 19th century: pet form of the given name James (compare with jack1).

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