Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A magic charm or spell.
  • noun An amulet, often a small flannel bag containing one or more magic items, worn by adherents of hoodoo or voodoo.
  • noun An ability or quality that causes one to excel or have good luck.

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  • noun A magic charm or spell.
  • noun Supernatural power or luck.
  • noun slang Personal magnetism; charm.
  • noun slang Sex appeal; sex drive.
  • noun slang Illegal drugs.
  • noun slang A telecopier; a fax machine.

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  • noun a magic power or magic spell

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps ultimately from Fula moco'o, medicine man.]

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Probably of Creole origin, cognate with Gullah moco ("witchcraft"), Fula moco'o ("medicine man")

Examples

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  • Someone mentioned Mojo Jojo yesterday and I cracked up. I had forgotten all about him.

    "Mohhhhjo Jojo!"

    October 28, 2007

  • At the ISP I work for, we have a server room with computers named after various characters. One is called Mojo, and its sibling server is called Jojo.

    We also have Blossom, Buttercup, Gilligan, Skipper, and, um, a bunch of others that I can't remember because I don't really work with any o' them.

    October 28, 2007

  • Wow. That's more fun than ours. They were named things like Torvald, Babbage, Turing, and ... (brain freeze) who was that Dutch or Swedish mathematician with half a nose?

    *thinking*

    October 28, 2007

  • That should narrow the field.

    October 28, 2007

  • Tycho Brahe! That's it.

    Well, astronomer, more than mathematician, maybe. How the hell should I know.

    For some reason I kept thinking "Tenzing Norgay," but that isn't quite the same person...

    October 28, 2007

  • Tycho Brahe actually wore a replacement nose partially made out of silver, which is why I call him "Old Goldnose". While his theories were all wrong, his observational skills were impeccable, and his data allowed Kepler to devise the laws of planetary motion.

    October 28, 2007

  • What happened to Tycho's nose?

    October 28, 2007

  • Wow, a different nose for every occasion... lucky guy.

    October 29, 2007

  • 1 a magic charm or spell. 2 supernatural power or luck.

    January 18, 2009