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  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɪmi/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪmi


jimmy (plural jimmies)

  1. (plural only, dialectal, US, especially New England and Philadelphia) Chocolate sprinkles used as a topping for ice cream, cookies, or cupcakes.
    • 2009, Robert B. Parker, The Professional, Berkley Books, published 2010, →ISBN, page 232:
      “What kind of sissy eats strawberry-frosted donuts?” I said. ¶ “With jimmies,” Belson said. ¶ “I had too much respect for you,” I said, “even to mention the jimmies.”
    • 2017 September 22, Suzanne Loudermilk, “Dining review: At Giovanni's, hearty Italian fare and an old-fashioned feel”, in The Baltimore Sun[1]:
      The crispy pastry tube was overflowing with sweetened, whipped ricotta and dotted with chocolate jimmies.
  2. (slang) A marijuana cigarette.
  3. A device used to circumvent a locking mechanism; a slim jim.
  4. (slang, Royal Navy) First Lieutenant (Executive Officer)
  5. (US) A jemmy; a crowbar used by burglars to open windows and doors.
  6. (US, slang) A penis.
  7. (US, slang) A condom.
    • 1999, Amy Sohn, Run Catch Kiss, Simon & Schuster, published 2000, →ISBN, page 111:
      We moved to the futon and started fooling around. He rolled on a jimmy and I sat on top of him.
    • 2004, Murad Kalam, Night Journey, Simon & Schuster (2004), →ISBN, page 158:
      "The next time you hook up with somebody," Lovie was saying, "you better wear a jimmy, boy. With spermicide on it. []
  8. (SE, slang) Men's underwear.
  9. (rare) A male crab, especially a mature male; a cock. (Sometimes capitalized.)
    Coordinate term: sook
  10. (US) A coal-car.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Because of their brown color, the apparently false etymology of jimmies having been named after Jim Crow has led some to consider the use of the term jimmies to refer to chocolate sprinkles to be offensive. However, many people who are either unaware of this theory or who agree it is false do not consider this an offensive term.[2]




jimmy (third-person singular simple present jimmies, present participle jimmying, simple past and past participle jimmied)

  1. To pry (something, especially a lock) open with or as if with a crowbar.


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