Definition of jitney in US English:



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

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


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