- Slang a five-cent coin; nickel
- a small bus or a car, esp. one traveling a regular route, that carries passengers for a low fare, originally five cents
Origin of jitneyc. 1903 from uncertain or unknown; perhaps French jeton, jeton
- A motor vehicle, such as a van or small bus, that transports passengers on a route for a small fare.
- Slang A nickel.
Origin of jitneyPerhaps from earlier jetton token, counter, gaming chip ( from French jeton ) ( from jeter to throw ) ( from Old French; see jet 2. )English -y 3
- A small bus or minibus which typically operates service on a fixed route, sometimes scheduled.
- An unlicensed taxi cab.
- A shared-ride taxi.
- (US, archaic) A small coin, a nickel.
- (in attributive use, US, archaic) Very inexpensive.
- A fraudulent arrangement whereby a broker who has direct access to an exchange executes trades on behalf of a broker who doesn't.
In original sense, a 5-cent US coin (a nickel); use for taxis and buses due to these services originally charging 5 cents as fare.