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Back-formation from jeopardy.


  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛpə(ɹ)d/


jeopard (third-person singular simple present jeopards, present participle jeoparding, simple past and past participle jeoparded)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To put in jeopardy; to expose to loss or injury; to imperil; to hazard.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter xxv, in Le Morte Darthur, book I:
      Soo they come vnto Carlyon / wherof his knyghtes were passynge glad / And whanne they herd of his auentures / they merueilled that he wold ieoparde his persone soo al one / But alle men of worship said it was mery to be vnder suche a chyuetayne that wolde put his persone in auenture as other poure knyghtes dyd
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts XV:
      It semed therfore to us a goode thynge [] to sende chosen men unto you, with oure beloved Barnabas and Paul, men that have ieoperded theyr lives, for the name of oure lorde Jesus Christ.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      “And, by the Saint Christopher at my baldric,” said the good yeoman, “were there no other cause than the safety of that poor faithful knave, Wamba, I would jeopard a joint ere a hair of his head were hurt.”


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