a preserve of whole fruit, slightly crushed, boiled with sugar:
put on jam, Australian Slang. to adopt a self-important manner or use affected speech.
verb jams, jamming, jammed
(transitive) to cram or wedge into or against something: to jam paper into an incinerator
(transitive) to crowd or pack: cars jammed the roads
to make or become stuck or locked: the switch has jammed
(transitive) often foll by on. to activate suddenly (esp in the phrase jam on the brakes)
(transitive) to block; congest: to jam the drain with rubbish
(transitive) to crush, bruise, or squeeze; smash
(radio) to prevent the clear reception of (radio communications or radar signals) by transmitting other signals on the same frequency
(intransitive) (slang) to play in a jam session
a crowd or congestion in a confined space: a traffic jam
the act of jamming or the state of being jammed
(informal) a difficult situation; predicament: to help a friend out of a jam
See jam session
a preserve containing fruit, which has been boiled with sugar until the mixture sets
(slang) something desirable: you want jam on it
jam today, the principle of living for the moment
“to press tightly,” also “to become wedged,” 1706, of unknown origin, perhaps a variant of champ (v.). Of a malfunction in the moving parts of machinery, by 1851. Sense of “cause interference in radio signals” is from 1914. Related: Jammed; jamming. The adverb is recorded from 1825, from the verb.
“fruit preserve,” 1730s, probably a special use of jam (v.) with a sense of “crush fruit into a preserve.”
“a tight pressing between two surfaces,” 1806, from jam (v.). Jazz meaning “short, free improvised passage performed by the whole band” dates from 1929, and yielded jam session (1933); but this is perhaps from jam (n.1) in sense of “something sweet, something excellent.” Sense of “machine blockage” is from 1890, which probably led to the colloquial meaning “predicament, tight spot,” first recorded 1914.
v. jammed, jam·ming, jams
: Jam bands do have styles
in a jam, jim-jam, logjam, toe jam
[all senses have some relation to the asi notion of squeezing or crushing so as to make jam]
A heterosexual man
[1970s+ Homosexuals; said to be fr just a man]
see under get in a bind
- Put on the feedbag
verb phrase To eat; have a meal (1874+)
- Put on the spot
see: on the spot
- Put on to
verb (transitive, preposition) 1. to connect by telephone 2. to inform (someone) of (a person’s location or activities): I put the police on to him 3. to tell (a person) about (someone or something beneficial): can you put me on to a cheap supermarket?
- Put on weight
see: put on , def. 5.