(obsolete) Exactly; precisely.
- To fail to appear in court after having been released on bail.
- To have sexual intercourse with someone.
- To start doing something too soon.
- To undergo a sustained decline in quality or popularity.
- To make extraordinary efforts, especially in following a prescribed procedure.
Other Word Forms of Jump
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Jump
Origin of Jump
From Middle English jumpen (“to walk quickly, run, jump”), probably of Middle Low German or North Germanic origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *gempaną, *gembaną (“to hop, skip, jump”), from Proto-Indo-European *gwʰemb- (“to spring, hop, jump”). Cognate with Old Dutch gumpen (“to jump”), Low German jumpen (“to jump”), Middle High German gumpen, gampen (“to jump, hop”) (dialectal German gampen), Danish gumpe (“to jolt”), Swedish gumpa (“to jump”), Danish gimpe (“to move up and down”), Middle English jumpren, jumbren (“to mix, jumble”). Related to jumble.
Early Modern English perhaps imitative of the sound of feet hitting with the ground after jumping Idiom, jump the shark after a 1977 episode of the television series Happy Days in which the character Arthur “the Fonz” Fonzarelli makes a show of bravery by jumping over a shark while on water skis (considered as an improbable and absurd plot incident marking the moment at which the series began to decline)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Compare French jupe (“a long petticoat, a skirt”) and English jupon.
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