jackal

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English[edit]

A jackal (1)

Etymology[edit]

From Turkish çakal, from Persian شغال (šağâl), from Sanskrit सृगाल (sṛgālá, jackal) [1]

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Noun[edit]

jackal (plural jackals)

  1. Any of several wild canine species, native to the tropical Old World, smaller than a wolf.
  2. A person who performs menial/routine tasks, dogsbody
  3. (pejorative) A person who behaves in an opportunistic way; especially a base collaborator.
  4. (slang, rare) A jack (the playing card.)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "jackal." Online Etymology Dictionary. 2008.

Verb[edit]

jackal (third-person singular simple present jackals, present participle jackalling, simple past and past participle jackalled)

  1. To perform menial or routine tasks
    • 1800, Pamphlets on British Taxation[1]:
      They have jackalled for the great beast, to pick in turns the bones of each other; they have subserved those above, to oppress and defraud those below; and they are suffering, and, so far as classes can, justly suffering their purgation.