- any of several wild dogs of Asia and N Africa, mostly yellowish-gray and smaller than the wolf: they often hunt prey in packs, generally at night, and also eat carrion and certain plants
- a person who does dishonest or humiliating tasks for another: from the notion that the jackal hunts game for the lion and eats the leavings
- a cheat or swindler
Origin of jackalTurkish chaq?l ; from Persian shag?l ; from Sanskrit ?rg?lá
- Any of several mammals of the genus Canis of Africa, Asia, and southeast Europe, that are chiefly foragers feeding on plants, small animals, and occasionally carrion.
- a. One who seeks to gain advantage or profit from the difficulties of another.b. One who performs menial tasks for another.
Origin of jackalTurkish çakal (influenced in English by Jack, man, fellow), from Persian šaghal, from Middle Indic sigal, from Sanskrit ś&rlowdot;gala&hlowdot;, of unknown origin.
(third-person singular simple present jackals, present participle jackalling, simple past and past participle jackalled)