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  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛti/
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    Rhymes: -ɛti

Etymology 1[edit]

From French jetée (pier, jetty, causeway), from jeter. Compare jet, jutty.


jetty (plural jetties)

Jetty with boat and bicycle
  1. A structure of wood or stone extended into the sea to influence the current or tide, or to protect a harbor or beach.
  2. A wharf or dock extending from the shore.
  3. (architecture) A part of a building that jets or projects beyond the rest, and overhangs the wall below.
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jetty (third-person singular simple present jetties, present participle jettying, simple past and past participle jettied)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To jut out; to project.
    • 1598, John Florio, A Worlde of Wordes, or Dictionarie of the Italian and English tongues:
      ADENTELLARE [] It is properly to jetty out, or indent stones or timber of any unfinished building, that another may the easier be joyned unto, or that finished.

Etymology 2[edit]

jet +‎ -y


jetty (comparative jettier, superlative jettiest)

  1. (archaic) Made of jet, or like jet in color.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], part 1, 2nd edition, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act IV, scene i:
      Blacke are his colloures, blacke Pauillion,
      His ſpeare, his ſhield, his horſe, his armour, plumes,
      And Ietty Feathers menace death and hell,
      UUithout reſpect of ſex, degree or age.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, III.75:
      those large black eyes were so blackly fringed, / The glossy rebels mocked the jetty stain [...].
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, vol. 1:
      She raised her face veil [...] showing two black eyes fringed with jetty lashes, whose glances were soft and languishing and whose perfect beauty was ever blandishing [...].
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