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See also: AJAX, Ajax, and Ájax



  • IPA(key): /ˈeɪ.d͡ʒæks/
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Etymology 1[edit]

Possibly from adjacent.



  1. (Polari) Nearby, over there
    • 1985, Peter Burton, Parallel Lives, page 38:
      In the bar we would stand with our sisters, varda (look at) the bona cartes (male genitals) on the butch homme (man, pronounced o-me) ajax (nearby), who, if we fluttered our ogle riahs (eye lashes) at him sweetly, might just troll over to offer a light for the unlit vogue (cigarette) clenched between out teeth. [The explanations in round brackets are by Peter Burton]
    • 2004, Paul Baker, Fanatabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang, page 1:
      Oh, vada well that omee-palone ajax who just trolled in[.]
    • 2006, Matt Houlbrook, Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957, page 152:
      [O]oh[,] will just vada that filiomi ajax[.]

Etymology 2[edit]

Humorous respelling of a jakes.


ajax (plural not attested)

  1. (now rare, historical) A toilet.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., Essays, III.13:
      I say this much of this action, that it is requisite we should remit the same unto certaine prescribed night-houres, and by custome (as I have done) force and subject our selves unto it; But not (as I have done), growing in yeeres, strictly tie himselfe to the care of a particular convenient place, and of a commodious Ajax or easie close-stoole for that purpose, and make it troublesome with long sitting and nice observation.

Etymology 3[edit]

Phonetic similarity to ace jack.


ajax (plural not attested)

  1. (poker slang) An ace and a jack as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em.