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

Translation of jam in French:


  • 3 (failure, blockage of machine, system, department)
  • 4 [informal] (difficult situation)
    pétrin (m) [informal]
    this is a real jam
    on est vraiment dans le pétrin [informal]
    to be in/get into a jam
    être/se mettre dans le pétrin [informal]
    to help somebody out of a jam
    tirer quelqu'un du pétrin [informal]
  • 5 (Music)
    also: jam session
    bœuf (m) [informal]
    jam-session (f)

transitive verb p prés etc - mm-

  • 1 (stuff, pile) to jam things into
    entasser des choses dans (small space, suitcase, box)
    she jammed her clothes into the drawer
    elle a entassé ses vêtements dans le tiroir
    reporters were jamming microphones into our faces
    les journalistes nous fourraient des micros sous le nez [informal]
    to jam one's hat on
    enfoncer son chapeau sur sa tête
    to jam one's foot on the brake, to jam the brake on
    freiner à bloc
  • 2 (fix firmly, wedge) I was jammed between the wall and the door
    j'étais coincé entre le mur et la porte
    I got my finger jammed in the door
    je me suis coincé le doigt dans la porte
    the key's jammed in the lock
    la clé s'est coincée dans la serrure
  • 3
    also: jam up
    (crowd, fill up) (gen) cars jammed (up) the roads
    les routes étaient embouteillées
    to be jammed (solid) with, to be jammed full of
    (room, entrance, shelf)
    être bourré de quelque chose (people, books, objects)
  • 4
    also: jam up
    (cause to stop functioning, block)
    (dirt, malfunction, person)
    enrayer (mechanism)
    coincer (lock, door, window, system)
    sand had jammed (up) the mechanism
    le sable avait enrayé le mécanisme
    to be jammed ou jammed up
    s'enrayer (by something à cause de quelque chose)
    (lock, door, window)
    se coincer or se bloquer (by something à cause de quelque chose)
    se bloquer
  • 5 (Radio, Telecommunications)
    brouiller (frequency, transmission)

intransitive verb p prés etc -mm-

  • 1 (become stuck)
    (mechanism, switch, lever)
    (lock, door, window)
    se coincer, se bloquer


it's real jam [informal]!

(job, task)
c'est du gâteau! [informal]

you want jam on it [informal]!

(British English)
et puis quoi encore!

(it's a case of) jam tomorrow

les beaux jours sont pour demain
money bread

Phrasal verbs

jam in

1 jam in
2 jam [something/somebody] in 2.1 (trap, wedge) to be jammed in
être coincé
2.2 (pack in) there were 30 people jammed into the room
il y avait 30 personnes entassées dans la pièce
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