Main definitions of jim-jams in English

: jim-jams1jim-jams2

jim-jams1

plural noun

informal
  • A fit of depression or nervousness.

    ‘prerace jim-jams’
    worry, concern, apprehension, apprehensiveness, consternation, uneasiness, unease, fearfulness, fear, disquiet, disquietude, perturbation, fretfulness, agitation, angst, nervousness, nerves, edginess, tension, tenseness, stress, misgiving, trepidation, foreboding, suspense
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Origin

Mid 16th century (originally denoting a small article or knick-knack): fanciful reduplication. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.

Pronunciation

jim-jams

/ˈdʒɪm ˌdʒæmz//ˈjim ˌjamz/

Main definitions of jim-jams in English

: jim-jams1jim-jams2

jim-jams2

plural noun

British
informal
  • Pajamas.

    • ‘A month ago he was in his jim-jams as sick as a dog.’
    • ‘He arrived at last week's ‘black tie’ Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in what looked like his jim-jams and a dressing gown.’
    • ‘Half of all those quizzed in the Midlands said they liked to slip into their jim-jams to log on.’
    • ‘So far, it's more jim-jams and cocoa territory.’
    • ‘They wear cute vest and drawstring jim-jams, do face packs, drink wine from Habitat goblets and wait for boy-band pretty pizza boys to deliver junk food.’
    • ‘You must also export the same paisley flannel style jim-jams.’
    • ‘He didn't even have a decent pair of jim-jams - those blankets really do chafe you know.’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of pie-jim-jams, alteration of pajamas.

Pronunciation

jim-jams

/ˈdʒɪm ˌdʒæmz//ˈjim ˌjamz/