from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. excellent, very fun
  • v. Present participle of jump.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of jump, to leap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ceramics, the staining of the glaze on the under parts of pieces of ceramic ware: a potters' term. This effect is sometimes noticed on pieces decorated with flow-blue color.

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

  • n. the act of participating in an athletic competition in which you must jump
  • n. the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • "IPO + privacy issues + your grandma joining + one redesign too many + general social-network fatigue = Fonzie on water-skis," he says, referring to the rather-desperate "Happy Days" episode that gave rise to the expression "jumping the shark."

    *&%@#! and Other Ads Trends for 2012

  • The term jumping on the bandwagon may have been attributed to PT Barnum who was attributed as saying "There's a sucker born every minute."

    Main Stream Media, Propaganda and You. An isosceles triangle

  • Here's a quote from the wiki entry: The term jumping the shark alludes to a specific scene in a 1977 episode of the TV series Happy Days when the popular character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli literally jumps over a shark while water skiing.

    Hillary Campaign Raising Money Off Of Bill Clinton-Joe McCarthy Comparison

  • A fall I had in jumping from the window of the Tuileries, the fatigue of a tramp of twelve leagues, and my painful reflections on the deplorable events which had just taken place, overcame me to such a degree that I had a very high fever.

    The Ruin of a Princess

  • Hence the term jumping the shark refers to the point in a series in which the writers do something ridiculous in order to pull in some ratings.

    Airlock Alpha

  • Now that's what I call jumping the shark (or in this case, the guppy).

    Shana Ting Lipton: Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead

  • SANCHEZ: That's what they call jumping in the boat, my friend.

    CNN Transcript Jun 15, 2008

  • I thought the incident was blackly funny, until I was reminded of the case of Rebekah Lawrence, a woman who committed suicide by jumping from the top of a Sydney office building after attending a “self-help” course that, as part of its program, included childhood regression sessions.

    2009 August — Fusion Despatches

  • But for huge dog like Great Dane, jumping is certainly a big problem and can potentially result in injuries.

    Gentle Han | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • Three people, including a 7-year-old girl, managed to escape the Thursday shooting spree by jumping from a window, Assistant Chief Jim Pugel said at a news conference.

    Seattle Mom Shooting Leaves 4 Killed


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • The act which connects a front page article to a page deep within the recesses of a newspaper.

    June 30, 2008