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See also: Jukebox, juke-box, and juke box


A coin-operated jukebox

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1939, juke (roadside café) +‎ box, replacing older nickel-in-a-slot phonograph.[1]



jukebox (plural jukeboxes)

  1. A coin-operated machine that plays recorded music; it has push-buttons to make selections. [from 1939]
    • 1939, Life, Dec 18, 1939, p. 27:
      Glenn Miller plays more sweet numbers than hot. His greatest success has been with the “juke boxes”, the nickel-in-a-slot automatic phonographs. Miller is easily the most outstanding juke-box artist of 1939.
  2. (computing) An automated carousel for the storage and retrieval of tapes, CD-ROMs, etc.
  3. (computing, by extension) A software application capable of replaying tracks from a digital music collection.
    • 2011, Keith Underdahl, Adobe Premiere Pro For Dummies:
      Before you export a movie to tape, double-check the following: Make sure all unnecessary programs are closed, including your e-mail program, MP3 jukebox, and Web browser.

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jukebox (third-person singular simple present jukeboxes, present participle jukeboxing, simple past and past participle jukeboxed)

  1. To play and listen to music from a jukebox.
    • 1966, Xavier Domingo, The dreams of reason: a novel, page 75:
      Haven't you ever wasted money jukeboxing in the bars that are bathed in pastis and grenadine?
    • 2004, Mary Sojourner, Delicate: Stories, →ISBN, page 238:
      She'd been forty-four, him forty-two when they met, both of them drinking a little too much, both of them fed up with romance. She'd said she'd been jukeboxed half to death.
    • 2008, Cullen Dorn, The Hierophant of 100th Street: Known to the Spirits as Infinitude, →ISBN:
      Behind the counter, repairing a clogged sink and making chocolate egg creams at the same time, to jukebox riffs of Patti LaBelle singing "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman," was the proprietor, Rudy.
    • 2010, Craig Sipe, Hero Sandwich, →ISBN, page 37:
      In the Mayfield Days everybody smoked so they all smelled good, teeth as white and wild as urinal cakes, chattered and jukeboxed into the slurring sunset when the real drunks came in Fresh off some shift furnace soot still in their hair
  2. (transitive) To play (music or digital content) on a jukebox
    • 1950, Arnold Gingrich, Coronet - Volume 29, page 52:
      They are everywhere today, whistled in the streets, broadcasted, jukeboxed, danced to in ballrooms.
    • 1957, United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary, Monopoly Problems in Regulated Industries:
      BMI members are turning out some perfectly terrible songs which nevertheless are recorded and jukeboxed and played on the air.
    • 2002, The Cook Report on Internet, NREN. - Volume 11, page 61:
      I'm no longer thinking about TV as real time content streaming, but rather as file jukeboxing.
  3. (by extension) To play or repeat as if on a jukebox.
    • 2007, Alan A. Gillis, Hawks and doves, page 18:
      Foamy-chopped dogs frisk the pavements for barf-free kebab or hot dropped fry, mobiles trilling de-daw-de-dee theme tunes, their birdsong jukeboxing the cigarette air as rain falls from a plum sky ...
    • 2012, Steven Wishnia, When the Drumming Stops, →ISBN:
      Another one of her sister's old records jukeboxed on in her head.
  4. To format or set up for playing by a jukebox.
    • 1984, The Journal of Information and Image Management:
      And best of all, per-document-stored cost will be substantially under what it is on spinning spindles alone or when the disks are jukeboxed.
    • 1992, Visual Resources Association Bulletin - Volumes 19-20, page 38:
      Whether discs holding only a hundred images, even if "jukeboxed" in a CD-ROM drive, will be of practical use for large image collections remains to be seen, but at the very least the Photo CD will offer a relatively inexpensive method of obtaining a modest collection of digitized color images.
    • 1994, Library Science with a Slant to Documentation and Information Studies:
      Jukeboxing can put nearly 20-36 GB of information at users disposal.


  1. ^ Michael Quinion (created July 22, 2000, last updated December 1, 2007), “Jukebox”, in World Wide Words.

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West Frisian[edit]


Borrowed from English jukebox.


jukebox c (plural jukeboxen, diminutive jukeboxke)

  1. jukebox