from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short crowbar with curved ends.
  • transitive v. To pry (something) open with or as if with a jimmy: jimmy a door.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. chocolate sprinkles used as a topping for ice cream, cookies, or cupcakes.
  • n. A marijuana cigarette.
  • n. A device used to circumvent a locking mechanism; a slim-Jim.
  • n. Royal Navy slang for First Lieutenant (Executive Officer)
  • n. A jemmy; a crowbar used by burglars to open windows and doors.
  • n. penis
  • n. A condom.
  • v. To pry open, especially a lock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short crowbar used by burglars in breaking open doors.
  • n. An immigrant.
  • transitive v. To pry open (a door, window, etc.) with a jimmy or similar device; often used with open.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as jemmy.
  • A free emigrant.
  • n. A short crowbar: same as jemmy, 1.
  • n. A freight-car used for carrying coal; a coal-car.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
  • n. a short crowbar


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably from the name Jimmy, nickname for James.



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