Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Darting or throwing out suddenly; also, suddenly thrown out; uttered in short sentences; ejaculatory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Darting or throwing out suddenly; also, suddenly thrown out; uttered in short sentences; ejaculatory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Darting or throwing out suddenly; cast, shot out, or launched suddenly.
  • Uttered brokenly or in short sentences; ejaculatory.

Etymologies

Latin jaculatorius: compare French jaculatoire. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Brother, answered Reynard, you have a better breath then I, and your successe hath prooved happier then mine, for before the arrivall of my Gossip Credulano, I could accomplish but two jaculatory prayers onely.

    The Decameron

  • The Friars brotherly Companion, who had given sufficient enstructions to the Nurse, and a small purse full of Sisters white thred, which a Nunne (after shrift) had bestowed on him, upon the husbands admittance into the Chamber (which they easily heard) came in also to them, and seeing all in very good tearmes, they holpe to make a joyfull conclusion, the Brother saying to Friar Reynard: Brother, I have finished all those foure jaculatory prayers, which you commanded me.

    The Decameron

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