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British English: /dʒam/
American English: /dʒæm/

Translation of jam in Arabic:

transitive verb/فعل متعد - mm-

  • 1 (to press) to jam things into a case/drawer
    حَشَرَ الأَشْياءَ في صُنْدوقٍ \ دُرْجٍ
    she jammed her clothes into the bag
    حَشَرَتْ مَلابِسَها في الحَقيبةِ
    to jam one's hat on
    ضَغَطَ القُبَّعةَ على رَأْسِهِ
    to jam the brake on
    ضَغَطَ على المِكْبَحِ بِقوّةٍ
  • 2
    (to wedge)
    زَنَقَ (the door, window)
    jam the window so that it doesn't rattle
    اُزْنُق النافِذةَ بِحَيْثُ لا تَهْتَزُّ
    we were jammed together like sardines in a can
    انْحَشَرْنا مَعاً مِثْلَ السَرْدين في عُلْبةٍ
  • 3
    also: jam up
    (to fill up)
    cars jammed (up) the roads
    زَحَمَت السَيّاراتُ الشَوارِعَ
    people jammed the exits
    زَحَمَ الناسُ المَخارِجَ
    to be jammed with people/things
    ‫كانَ مُزْدَحِماً بالناسِ \ بالأَشْياءِ‬
  • 4
    also: jam up
    (to block)
    سَدَّ (the lock, motor, system)

intransitive verb/فعل غير متعد -mm-

  • (to become stuck) (locks, windows)
    the printer keeps jamming
    ‫تَتَعَطَّلُ الطابِعةُ بِاسْتِمْرارٍ‬


  • 1
    مُرَبّى (plural: مُرَبَّيات)
    apricot jam
    مُرَبّى المِشْمِشِ
  • 2
    (congestion of people)
    (of traffic)
    اخْتِناق (plural: اخْتِناقات)
    there was such a jam I couldn't get a ticket
    كانَ هُناكَ زِحامٌ شَديدٌ لِدَرَجةِ أَنَّني لم أَسْتَطِع الحُصولَ على تَذْكِرةٍ
  • 3
    (operational failure)
    there's a jam in the paper feed
    هُناكَ انْحِشارٌ في تَغْذِيةِ الوَرَقِ
  • 4
    [informal/غير رسمي] (difficult situation)
    وَرْطة (plural: وَرَطات, plural: وِراط)
    مَأْزِق (plural: مَآزِقُ)
    we're in a real jam now!
    نَحْنُ في وَرْطةٍ حَقيقيّةٍ الآنَ!
    to help somebody out of a jam
    ساعَدَ شَخْصاً في الخُروجِ من مَأْزِقٍ

Phrasal verbs

jam in

jam in
دَخَلَ بِصُعوبةٍ
jam [something/somebody] in
(to pack in)
حَشَرَ [شَيْئاً \ شَخْصاً] (books, passengers)
Definition of jam in:
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