nounpl. -·als or -·al
- 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 šaghāl from Middle Indic sigāl from Sanskrit ś&rlowdot;gālah of unknown origin
golden jackal side-striped jackal
(third-person singular simple present jackals, present participle jackalling, simple past and past participle jackalled)