Definition of jumbie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌmbi/


West Indian
A spirit of a dead person, typically an evil one.
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?


From Kikongo zumbi 'fetish'.

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