[jem-ee] /ˈdʒɛm i/ British

verb (used with object), jemmied, jemmying.
1 .
noun, plural jemmies.
1 .
Slang. an overcoat.
the baked head of a sheep.
noun (pl) -mies
a short steel crowbar used, esp by burglars, for forcing doors and windows
verb -mies, -mying, -mied
(transitive) to prise (something) open with a jemmy

a popular pet form of the masc. proper name James (in Middle English records, Gemme, Jemme are more common than Jimme). In mid-18c. often associated with effeminacy and male fastidiousness. As “a crowbar” from 1811.


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