Jackal meaning

jăkəl, -ôl
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A cheat or swindler.
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(pejorative) A person who behaves in an opportunistic way; especially a base collaborator.
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A person who does dishonest or humiliating tasks for another.
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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.
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Any of several wild canine species, native to the tropical Old World, smaller than a wolf.
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A person who performs menial/routine tasks, dogsbody.
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(slang, rare) A jack (the playing card.)
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Golden jackal.
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Side-striped jackal.
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To perform menial or routine tasks.
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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.
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Origin of jackal

  • Turkish çakal (influenced in English) (by Jack man, fellow) from Persian šaghāl from Middle Indic sigāl from Sanskrit śṛgālaḥ of unknown origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Turkish çakal, from Persian شغال (šağâl), from Sanskrit सृगाल (sṛgālá, “jackal”)

    From Wiktionary