A small bus or a car, esp. one traveling a regular route, that carries passengers for a low fare, originally five cents.
A small motor vehicle, such as a bus or van, that transports passengers on a route for a small fare.
(slang, former) A five-cent coin; nickel.
(slang) A nickel.
A shared-ride taxi.
(US, archaic) A small coin, a nickel.
Other Word Forms
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.