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

  • n. Risk of loss or injury; peril or danger.
  • n. Law A defendant's risk or danger of conviction when put on trial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Danger of loss, harm, or failure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Exposure to death, loss, or injury; hazard; danger.
  • transitive v. To jeopardize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To jeopardize: as, he jeopardied his fame.
  • n. An even chance; a game evenly balanced.
  • n. Exposure to death, loss, or injury; hazard; danger; peril.
  • n. Synonyms Peril, etc. See danger and risk.

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

  • n. a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune


Middle English juperti, from Old French jeu parti, even game, uncertainty : jeu, game (from Latin iocus, joke, game; see yek- in Indo-European roots) + parti, past participle of partir, to divide (from Latin partīre, from pars, part-, part; see part).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English jepardie, from Old French jeu parti ("a divided game, i.e. an even game, an even chance"), from Medieval Latin iocus partītus ("an even chance, an alternative"), from Latin iocus ("jest, play, game") + partītus, perfect passive participle of partiō ("divide"); see joke and party.[2][3] (Wiktionary)



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  • jeapody

    May 22, 2009

  • Could you put that in the form of a question, Q?

    May 22, 2009

  • Huh. I always thought this was a Law French term, containing the pronoun jeo "I", as indeed jeofail is. But no, it's in effect jeu parti "divided game", a situation in games such as chess.

    May 22, 2009

  • I understand this phenomenon, which happens to me with certain words as well. But in the case of "jeopardy", I think there is a relatively straightforward remedy. Think how dangerous it would be to be stuck in a room with a bunch of leopards. You'd be all leopardy and definitely in jeopardy.

    May 22, 2009

  • I completely lost the shape of this word today. Took me ten goes to spell it correctly. Even then the right version was starting to look creepy so I replaced it in the text with another word.

    May 22, 2009