Definition of jitney in English:


Syllabification: jit·ney
Pronunciation: /ˈjitnē

noun (plural jitneys)

North American informal
  • A bus or other vehicle carrying passengers for a low fare.
    More example sentences
    • And if there were lots of roads, would they be used mostly to transport people by bus, by jitneys and by taxi, or by privately owned car as now?
    • Let competing county buses and private jitneys ply bus stops for passengers.
    • Some city associations might also provide public transit such as street cars, without excluding private alternatives such as vans and jitneys.


early 20th century (originally denoting a five-cent piece): of unknown origin.

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