See also: jùjú, jūjū, ju-ju, and jǔjǔ

English

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Etymology 1

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

Noun

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juju (countable and uncountable, plural jujus)

  1. (countable) A fetish or charm believed by West Africans to have magical or supernatural powers.
    • 1976 March 27, F. Dudley Hart, “History of the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis”, in British Medical Journal, volume 1, number 6012, →DOI, →JSTOR, page 763:
      Pendants round the neck, bangles round the wrists or ankles, potatoes or nutmegs in the pocket are as old or older than civilisation, carrying the same prophylactic magic as any juju in an African witchdoctor's armamentarium.
  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.
    • 2018, Mark Fisher, “it doesn't matter if we all die: the cure's unholy trinity”, in Darren Ambrose, editor, K-punk: the collected and unpublished writings of Mark Fisher (2004–2016), London: Repeater Books, →ISBN:
      The blues juju—or jou-jou—relies upon the enjoyment of desires that cannot be satisfied.
  3. (informal) The (usually negative) karmic consequences of an action or behavior.
    That's some bad juju.
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Etymology 2

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Reduplication of -ju- in marijuana.

Noun

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juju (plural jujus)

  1. (slang) A marijuana cigarette; a joint.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin, published 2010, page 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 3

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Noun

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juju (uncountable)

  1. Synonym of jùjú (music genre)

Finnish

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Etymology

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

Pronunciation

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

Noun

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juju (colloquial)

  1. 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. 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.

Declension

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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
abessive jujutta jujuitta
instructive jujuin
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of juju (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative jujuni jujuni
accusative nom. jujuni jujuni
gen. jujuni
genitive jujuni jujujeni
partitive jujuani jujujani
inessive jujussani jujuissani
elative jujustani jujuistani
illative jujuuni jujuihini
adessive jujullani jujuillani
ablative jujultani jujuiltani
allative jujulleni jujuilleni
essive jujunani jujuinani
translative jujukseni jujuikseni
abessive jujuttani jujuittani
instructive
comitative jujuineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative jujusi jujusi
accusative nom. jujusi jujusi
gen. jujusi
genitive jujusi jujujesi
partitive jujuasi jujujasi
inessive jujussasi jujuissasi
elative jujustasi jujuistasi
illative jujuusi jujuihisi
adessive jujullasi jujuillasi
ablative jujultasi jujuiltasi
allative jujullesi jujuillesi
essive jujunasi jujuinasi
translative jujuksesi jujuiksesi
abessive jujuttasi jujuittasi
instructive
comitative jujuinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative jujumme jujumme
accusative nom. jujumme jujumme
gen. jujumme
genitive jujumme jujujemme
partitive jujuamme jujujamme
inessive jujussamme jujuissamme
elative jujustamme jujuistamme
illative jujuumme jujuihimme
adessive jujullamme jujuillamme
ablative jujultamme jujuiltamme
allative jujullemme jujuillemme
essive jujunamme jujuinamme
translative jujuksemme jujuiksemme
abessive jujuttamme jujuittamme
instructive
comitative jujuinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative jujunne jujunne
accusative nom. jujunne jujunne
gen. jujunne
genitive jujunne jujujenne
partitive jujuanne jujujanne
inessive jujussanne jujuissanne
elative jujustanne jujuistanne
illative jujuunne jujuihinne
adessive jujullanne jujuillanne
ablative jujultanne jujuiltanne
allative jujullenne jujuillenne
essive jujunanne jujuinanne
translative jujuksenne jujuiksenne
abessive jujuttanne jujuittanne
instructive
comitative jujuinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative jujunsa jujunsa
accusative nom. jujunsa jujunsa
gen. jujunsa
genitive jujunsa jujujensa
partitive jujuaan
jujuansa
jujujaan
jujujansa
inessive jujussaan
jujussansa
jujuissaan
jujuissansa
elative jujustaan
jujustansa
jujuistaan
jujuistansa
illative jujuunsa jujuihinsa
adessive jujullaan
jujullansa
jujuillaan
jujuillansa
ablative jujultaan
jujultansa
jujuiltaan
jujuiltansa
allative jujulleen
jujullensa
jujuilleen
jujuillensa
essive jujunaan
jujunansa
jujuinaan
jujuinansa
translative jujukseen
jujuksensa
jujuikseen
jujuiksensa
abessive jujuttaan
jujuttansa
jujuittaan
jujuittansa
instructive
comitative jujuineen
jujuinensa

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References

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

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Panyjima

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Noun

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juju

  1. Old man.

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Portuguese

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  • Hyphenation: ju‧ju

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juju m (plural jujus)

  1. (Brazil, colloquial) Synonym of juliet

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Etymology

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(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.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈxuxu/ [ˈxu.xu]
  • Rhymes: -uxu
  • Syllabification: ju‧ju

Noun

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juju f (plural jujus)

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