Origin of Jim Crowname of an early black minstrel song
Jim CrowJim Crow
or jim crow
- Upholding or practicing discrimination against and segregation of black people: Jim Crow laws; a Jim Crow town.
- Reserved or set aside for a racial or ethnic group that is to be discriminated against: “I told them I wouldn't take a Jim Crow job” ( Ralph Bunche )
Origin of Jim CrowFrom obsolete Jim Crow derogatory name for a black person ultimately from the title of a 19th-century minstrel song
- (military) A World War II code name for patrols along the British coastline to intercept enemy aircraft, originally intended to warn of invasion in 1940.
- (engineering) A double-action planing tool invented by Joseph Whitworth, in which the blade ‘jumps’ to face the other way on the back-stroke.
- (rail transport) A tool for bending railway rails, by holding the rail with two arms and pushing a screw into the other side.
- Discriminatory against African Americans.
- Segregated between African Americans and Caucasians.
- A Jim Crow audience
From the minstrel show song "Jump Jim Crow", written in 1828 by Thomas D. Rice, the originator of blackface performance.