noun, plural jim·mies.

  1. a short crowbar.
  2. a large male crab, especially of Chesapeake Bay.

verb (used with object), jim·mied, jim·my·ing.

  1. to force open (a door, window, etc.) with a jimmy: The burglar got in by jimmying the back door.

noun, verb plural -mies or -mies, -mying or -mied

  1. the US word for jemmy


  1. Central Scot slang an informal term of address to a male stranger

“burglar’s crowbar,” 1848, variant of jemmy, name for a type of crowbar much used by burglars, special use of Jemmy, familiar form of proper name James (also see jack).


1893, from jimmy (n.). Related: Jimmied; jimmying.

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