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Proper noun[edit]


  1. A male nickname for James, Jeremy or Jeremiah.
  2. A diminutive of the female given name Jemima.


  • 1830 Mary Russell Mitford, Our Village: Fourth Series: Cottage Names:
    You may know what one man thinks of another by his manner of calling him. Thomas and James and Richard and William are stupid young gentlemen; Tom and Jem and Dick and Will are fine spirited fellows.