Definition of Jumping jack

1. Noun. Plaything consisting of a toy figure with movable joints that can be made to dance by pulling strings.

Generic synonyms: Plaything, Toy

Definition of Jumping jack

1. Noun. A physical exercise performed by jumping to a position with the legs spread wide and the hands touching overhead and then returning to a position with the feet together and the arms at the sides. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Jumping Jack

jumping-off place
jumping-off point
jumping Jehoshaphat
jumping Jesus
jumping bean
jumping beans
jumping bristletail
jumping disease
jumping down someone's throat
jumping gene
jumping jack (current term)
jumping jacks
jumping mouse
jumping one's bones
jumping orchid
jumping plant louse
jumping rope
jumping seed
jumping someone's bones
jumping spider
jumping the bite
jumping the gun
jumping the queue
jumping the shark
jumping up and down

Literary usage of Jumping jack

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. My Adventures with Your Money by George Graham Rice (1913)
"The jumping jack was unincorporated. The stock of the Stray Dog was ... jumping jack MANHATTAN I WAS again in funds as the result of my profits in the ..."

2. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1898)
"Now sadly I think of him, and weep — Jumping-Jack, are you yet asleep? ... Yes, I am he; and it was because of you that the wicked Jumping-Jack turned me ..."

3. The Nursery by Fanny P Seaverns, John L. Shorey (Firm (1870)
"THE JUMPING-JACK. ANN has bought a jumping-jaek for her brother John. ... Ann pulls the string, and the jumping-jack throws up its arms, as much as to say, ..."

4. A Little Gateway to Science: Hexapod Stories by Edith Marion Patch (1920)
"... jumping jack You would never have thought, to see Jack, that he could jump. He looked as if he had grown on the bitter-sweet vine. ..."

5. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine (1892)
"One thing was resolved : jumping jack was never to jump again. ... In a minute or two more she must inevitably fall off, and jumping jack would have her ! ..."

6. St. Nicholas Book of Plays & Operettas (1900)
"JUMPING-JACK. Ah, but wait a bit; for I shall have something to say to that first. ... Yes, I, the Jumping-Jack of the toy shelf! I have frightened the toy ..."

7. A Timely Warning of Freedom's Death Knell: Or, how Foreign Sovereigns Have by John D. Gill (1893)
"... called priests of the Church of Rome, England makes beggars of and toys with the Irish as with a jumping jack, similar, only not so bad, as they are now ..."

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