Jack

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Popular pet form of John through a Middle English form Jankin; rarely also an anglicized form of French Jacques (equivalent of Jacob and James). Though the name was originally a pet form, it has become more of an independent name.

Proper noun[edit]

Jack (plural Jacks)

  1. A male given name, also used as a pet form of John.
    • ~1593 William Shakespeare: Richard III: Act I, Scene III:
      Since every Jack became a gentleman
      there's many a gentle person made a Jack.
    • 1895 Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest:
      JACK. Well, really, Gwendolen, I must say that I think that there are lots of other much nicer names. I think Jack, for instance, a charming name.
      GWENDOLEN. Jack?...No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations...I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John!
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the common name above.

Noun[edit]

Jack (plural Jacks)

  1. (informal) a placeholder or conventional name for any man, particularly a younger, lower-class man
  2. (informal, archaic) a Jack Tar, a sailor
  3. (informal, archaic) a Jack Rum, a soldier

Usage notes[edit]

Despite being a common noun, the word is still treated as a name and capitalized as such. The name is most often used with a descriptive "surname", showing the type of lad intended.

Etymology 3[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Jack

  1. (slang) Jack Daniel's, a brand of American whiskey.
    • 2009, "Ke$ha" (Kesha Rose Sebert), Tik Tok (song)
      Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Jack.

Proper noun[edit]

Jack

  1. A male given name.

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Jack. First recorded as a Swedish name in 1883.

Proper noun[edit]

Jack

  1. A male given name.