Definition of jemmy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛmi/
(also jimmy /ˈdʒɪmi/)

noun (plural jemmies)

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 (jemmies, jemmying, jemmied)

[with object] informal
Force open (a window or door) with a jemmy: a burglar jemmied his patio doors
More 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).

Words that rhyme with jemmy

Clemmie, Emmy, lemme, semi

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