Definition of jitney in English:



North American
  • A bus or other vehicle carrying passengers for a low fare.

    • ‘And if there were lots of roads, would they be used mostly to transport people by bus, by jitneys and by taxi, or by privately owned car as now?’
    • ‘Inside the station, the key prop is a telephone which rings constantly throughout the play and influences the comings and goings of the jitney station.’
    • ‘Cars will be banned, and transportation within the sequestered ‘campus’ will take the form of bicycles and electric jitneys.’
    • ‘After lunch, Marvin usually takes another vehicle home and catches a jitney back to the truck to close it.’
    • ‘Let competing county buses and private jitneys ply bus stops for passengers.’
    • ‘They deliver our newspapers, drive jitneys, deliver pizzas and perform similar tasks that make our lives easier but for which we pay relatively little.’
    • ‘One of my happiest discoveries was that of the jitney and other forms of non-regulated motorised transport.’
    • ‘Some city associations might also provide public transit such as street cars, without excluding private alternatives such as vans and jitneys.’
    • ‘Finally I chose the most friendly-looking man and climbed into a taxi, which was actually a jitney.’
    • ‘Couldn't jitneys supply a better and cheaper alternative?’
    • ‘Other than the jitneys that run around the island, there is no public transportation.’
    • ‘A jitney is a sort of cross between a bus and a taxi.’
    • ‘We took a jitney to a big pre-Christmas fair at the park.’
    • ‘In lieu of normal public transport, it boasts jitneys - pale blue buses resembling bread trucks - and rolling chairs propelled by people power.’
    • ‘Jamal and I stand on the distressed street waiting for a jitney.’
    • ‘Minibuses and jitneys, often unlicensed and poorly maintained, are particularly dangerous.’
    • ‘A guided jitney along up the river gave us an overview.’
    • ‘What she created is closer to an upscale Manhattan law office than to even the finest jitney.’
    • ‘He's 30 now, and he runs a jitney service in Atlantic City.’
    • ‘With parallel highways being paved, jitneys were inroading into profits.’


Early 20th century (originally denoting a five-cent piece): of unknown origin.