Definitions

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

  • n. An object used as a fetish, a charm, or an amulet in West Africa.
  • n. The supernatural power ascribed to such an object.
  • n. A style of Nigerian popular music featuring electric guitars and traditional drums.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fetish or charm believed by West Africans to have magical or supernatural powers.
  • n. The magical or supernatural power of such a charm.
  • n. A superstitious belief in the karmic consequences of an action or behavior, usually negative in connotation.
  • n. A type of music popular in Nigeria. (See Jùjú music)
  • n. A marijuana cigarette; a joint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the magical power associated with a juju{2}.
  • n. An object superstitiously believed to embody magical powers; a fetish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anything supernatural or mysterious, and an object of religious fear or veneration; a charm; a fetish; also, an observance of mysterious significance like the taboo: used in relation to the religious ideas of the negroes of West Africa.

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

  • n. a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
  • n. the power associated with a juju

Etymologies

Hausa jūjū, fetish, evil spirit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a West African language, probably originally from French joujou. (Wiktionary)
Reduplication of -ju- in marijuana. (Wiktionary)

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  • variously "good juju" or "bad juju"; cf. mojo.

    October 19, 2008

  • Based on v.'s list, Dictionary.com is repeating itself today.

    August 21, 2008