An unlicensed taxi cab.
(in attributive use, US, archaic) Very inexpensive.
Other Word Forms of Jitney
Origin of Jitney
Perhaps from earlier jetton token, counter, gaming chip (from French jeton) (from jeter to throw) (from Old French jet) English –y
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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.
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