Definitions

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  • proper noun A male given name, also used as a pet form of John.
  • proper noun informal A sailor.
  • proper noun informal, archaic a soldier
  • noun slang Jack Daniel's, a brand of American whiskey.

Etymologies

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Popular pet form of John through a Middle English form Jankin; rarely also an anglicized form of French Jacques (equivalent of Jacob and James). Though the name was originally a pet form, it has become more of an independent name.

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Short for Jack Tar.

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Short for Jack Rum.

Examples

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  • A leather coat worn in midevil times as armour.

    December 14, 2010

  • "When he went home on leave he rioted on a large scale -- pompously. Jack ashore -- with a difference -- in externals only." (Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad)

    March 6, 2011