Definition of jack-in-the-box in English:



  • A toy consisting of a box containing a figure on a spring that pops up when the lid is opened.

    • ‘This charming musical jack-in-the-box is certain to delight anyone who holds it in their hands! As you turn the crank, the melody plays and when the music stops, out pops the jester.’
    • ‘The jack-in-the-box offers continual delight. Known since the 16th century, and appearing as a Punch box (minus sidekick Judy), an admiral on a stick, and a Johnny jump-up, sometimes the jack figure was more horrible than humorous.’



/ˈjak in T͟Hə ˌbäks/