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A jasper ball (2)


  • (US) enPR: jăsʹpər
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʒæspə/
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English jasper, jaspre, from Old French jaspre, a variant of jaspe (modern French jaspe), from Latin iaspis, from Ancient Greek ἴασπις (íaspis).


jasper (countable and uncountable, plural jaspers)

  1. (obsolete) Any bright-coloured kind of chalcedony apart from cornelian.
  2. An opaque, impure variety of quartz, of red, yellow, and other dull colors, breaking conchoidally with a smooth surface.
  3. Jasperware pottery.
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Etymology 2Edit

From the male personal name Jasper.


jasper (plural jaspers)

  1. (Britain, West Country, Somerset, colloquial) A wasp.
  2. (US, slang) A person, a guy, especially seen as naïve or simple.
    • 1975, Tom Waits, ‘Nighthawk Postcards (From Easy Street)’:
      Standing on the corner like a just-got-in-town jasper.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 122:
      “That jasper,” sniggered Darby, “never pulled out his ‘dummy’ for nothing but pissing, I bet you!”
    • 1968, Charles Portis, True Grit, The Saturday Evening Post
      "I stood there through almost an hour of it before they called Rooster Cogburn to the stand. I had guessed wrong as to which one he was, picking out a younger and slighter man with a badge on his shirt. And I was surprised when an old one-eyed jasper that was built along the lines of Grover Cleveland went up and was sworn."





  1. apply different colors of paint flowing together in order to make it look like jasper stone
    Jasper la tranche d’un livre.


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