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Etymology

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From Middle English Jackin, Jankin, a popular pet form of John; rarely also an anglicized form of French Jacques (equivalent of Jacob and James). It can be also used as nickname for Jacob. Though the name was originally a pet form, it has become more of an independent name. Equivalent to John + -kin, Jake or Jacques. See also Middle French Hennequin, Jannequin and Middle Dutch Janneken.

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Proper noun

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Jack (countable and uncountable, plural Jacks)

  1. A unisex given name from Hebrew, also used as a pet form of John or more rarely, Jacob.
  2. A surname.
  3. (colloquial) Jack Daniel's, a brand of Tennessee whiskey.
    • 2009, "Ke$ha" (Kesha Rose Sebert), Tik Tok (song)
      Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack.
    • 2017, Halsey, Ricky Reed, Justin Tranter, Rogét Chahayed, “Bad at Love”, in Hopeless Fountain Kingdom[1], performed by Halsey:
      Got a boy back home in Michigan / And it tastes like Jack when I'm kissing him / So I told him that I never really liked his friends / Now he's gone and he's calling me a bitch again
  4. An unincorporated community in Coffee County, Alabama, United States.
  5. An unincorporated community in Dent County, Missouri, United States.
  6. Ellipsis of Monterey Jack., a type of cheese.

Derived terms

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Descendants

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  • Danish: Jack
  • Swedish: Jack

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Noun

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Jack (plural Jacks)

  1. (informal) A placeholder or conventional name for any man, particularly a younger, lower-class man.
  2. (informal, archaic) Ellipsis of Jack Tar., a sailor.
  3. (informal, archaic) Ellipsis of Jack Rum., a soldier.
  4. A jacqueminot rose.

Usage notes

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Despite being a common noun, the word is still treated as a name and capitalized as such. The name is most often used with a descriptive "surname", showing the type of lad intended.

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Danish

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Etymology

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From English Jack.

Proper noun

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Jack

  1. a male given name

Swedish

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Etymology

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From English Jack. First recorded as a Swedish name in 1883.

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Proper noun

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Jack c (genitive Jacks)

  1. a male given name