Definition of jumbie in English:

jumbie

Line breaks: jum¦bie
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌmbi
 
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noun

West Indian
  • A spirit of a dead person, typically an evil one.
    More example sentences
    • There are folk beliefs in jumbies (ghosts, spirits).
    • In Creole culture, evil spirits are known as jumbies, and it was hard to imagine three better examples than the government's main mouthpieces.
    • And why should our architects continue to fight over the restoration and preservation of a turn-of-the-century wooden building on Riverside Road, which only jumbies use?

Origin

from Kikongo zumbi 'fetish'.

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