See also: jùjú, jūjū, ju-ju, and jǔjǔ


Alternative formsEdit


  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒuːd͡ʒu/, enPR: jo͞oʹjo͞o
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Etymology 1Edit

From a West African language, probably originally from French joujou.


juju (countable and uncountable, plural jujus)

  1. (countable) A fetish or charm believed by West Africans to have magical or supernatural powers.
  2. (uncountable) The magical or supernatural power of such a charm.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 168:
      They are believed to be "Ju-Ju" or were-leopards, and in this guise to roam through the forest in bands, bent on evil and destruction.
    • 2010, Jennifer Egan, “Selling the General”, in A Visit from the Goon Squad:
      The party had nominal hosts, all famous, but the real hostess, as everyone knew, was La Doll, who had more connections and access and juju than all of those people combined.
  3. (informal) The (usually negative) karmic consequences of an action or behavior.
    That's some bad juju.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Reduplication of -ju- in marijuana.


juju (plural jujus)

  1. (slang) A marijuana cigarette; a joint.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 75:
      ‘I knew a guy once who smoked jujus,’ she said. ‘Three highballs and three sticks of tea and it took a pipe wrench to get him off the chandelier.’

Etymology 3Edit


juju (uncountable)

  1. Synonym of jùjú (music genre)



Originally a slang term, from English juju.[1]


  • IPA(key): /ˈjuju/, [ˈjuju]
  • Rhymes: -uju
  • Syllabification(key): ju‧ju



  1. (colloquial) catch, hitch, snag, kicker (problem or unexpected difficulty in a deal, negotiation or task)
    Kuulostaa hyvältä idealta, mutta mikä on homman juju?
    It sounds like a great idea, but what's the catch?
  2. (colloquial) trick (effective, clever or quick way of doing something, the "secret")
    Homman juju on laskea kortit tarkasti.
    The trick of it is to count the cards carefully.


Inflection of juju (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative juju jujut
genitive jujun jujujen
partitive jujua jujuja
illative jujuun jujuihin
singular plural
nominative juju jujut
accusative nom. juju jujut
gen. jujun
genitive jujun jujujen
partitive jujua jujuja
inessive jujussa jujuissa
elative jujusta jujuista
illative jujuun jujuihin
adessive jujulla jujuilla
ablative jujulta jujuilta
allative jujulle jujuille
essive jujuna jujuina
translative jujuksi jujuiksi
instructive jujuin
abessive jujutta jujuitta
comitative jujuineen
Possessive forms of juju (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person jujuni jujumme
2nd person jujusi jujunne
3rd person jujunsa


  1. ^ Forsberg, Ulla-Maija (2021) Stadin slangin etymologinen sanakirja [Etymological Dictionary of Helsinki Slang]‎[1] (in Finnish), [note: linked online version also includes other etymological sources], Helsinki: Gaudeamus, →ISBN




  1. Old man.




  • Hyphenation: ju‧ju


juju m (plural jujus)

  1. (Brazil, colloquial) Synonym of juliet



(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Compare such expressive terms as English hoo-ha.


juju f (plural jujus)

  1. (Spain, slang) pussy, cunt, snatch (vagina)