One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American A collarless sleeveless dress, typically worn over a blouse.
- ‘She wore a tattered denim jumper and a white shirt that matched the spotted peeling wallpaper, and she knew nothing of wealth.’
- ‘I am in a red jumper, white blouse and tights and black Mary Janes with a small scuff on the left toe.’
- ‘She dressed in a simple denim jumper and a new straw cowboy hat with red cowboy boots.’
- ‘He combed her chestnut hair - Paula's natural color - and dressed her in a yellow cotton jumper.’
- ‘The plump and harried mother, dressed in a denim jumper, drives a battered Econo-Van with numerous dents.’
2British A sweater.
- ‘The sweaters are delightful, who doesn't like a V-neck jumper?’
- ‘He wore a dark blue jumper with four or five horizontal pale blue stripes across the front and tracksuit pants.’
- ‘I grabbed my jumper and my little backpack, then hustled them out the door.’
- ‘Instead of the trademark woolly jumper, baggy cords and pipe, Adams arrived in a sharp blue blazer, beige slacks, shirt and tie.’
- ‘The suspect is described as white, aged 18, 5ft 8ins, of large build, wearing a grey hooded jumper.’
- ‘Forensic experts are still examining a decomposed jumper and blouse which the teenager was wearing when she was found.’
- ‘He has an occasional stutter and was believed to have been wearing dark green trousers with pockets on the side and a dark green v-neck jumper.’
- ‘The Chancellor, dressed in a red jumper with a white shirt and black trousers, hugged and kissed his son but refused to answer questions.’
- ‘Put on another jumper, and wait for an hour or so.’
- ‘Dressed in black jumpers, skirts and boots, groups of teenage girls linked arms as they headed towards the church.’
- ‘One of the men was white, of stocky build, aged between 25 and 30, wearing a thick white and black jumper.’
- ‘She is trim, exquisitely turned out in cream slacks and jumper and looks radiant.’
- ‘She's fully dressed in a red turtleneck jumper and a knee-length black skirt.’
- ‘He had black shaven hair and wore a dark plain jumper.’
- ‘The other was around 5ft 6ins and had on a dark hooded jumper.’
- ‘Hulme wore a blue striped jumper and Maguire wore a black fleece and white T-shirt for the brief hearing.’
- ‘Mr Capper was wearing a green polo shirt, black jumper, blue jeans and black training shoes.’
- ‘He is described as aged 19 to 20, with cropped dark hair and was wearing a grey coloured jumper.’
- ‘Then another onlooker walked up, dressed in a blue jumper and jeans.’
- ‘Many of the male models modelling knitwear were wearing strong coloured jumpers with nasty white or beige pleated trousers.’
3historical A loose outer jacket worn by sailors.
Mid 19th century (in jumper (sense 2 of the noun)): probably from dialect jump ‘short coat’, perhaps from Scots jupe ‘a man's (later also a woman's) loose jacket or tunic’, via Old French from Arabic jubba. Compare with jibba.
1A person or animal that jumps.‘the horse should be a better jumper this season’‘other players in the line-out may only move when the jumper has touched the ball’‘an Olympic jumper’
- ‘Many years ago there lived in a certain village a wealthy farmer who had the best of land and some great race horses and jumpers.’
- ‘The jumpers ' lines became dangerously tangled, anchoring the men back-to-back.’
- ‘Military qualified jumpers holding military free-fall qualifications are also eligible to compete.’
- ‘One thing is that, against Australia, their lineout jumpers will be much heavier than the Japanese.’
- ‘But what does it say about a league where players who have not had enough years to develop the basic skill of a jumper are playing key roles in The Finals?’
- ‘Newberry finally succumbed to another big hit, Alex Mason replacing him and leaving BJ Fowler as the line-out jumper.’
- ‘Victory in that Grade One contest meant his beloved horse became the first jumper in Britain and Ireland to win more than £1m in prize money.’
- ‘The players who surround the jumpers also play a key role in who wins possession.’
- ‘He tells us that the horse is a natural jumper.’
- ‘Though it looks like they aren't moving very fast, the jumpers head toward the earth at almost 22 feet per second.’
- ‘At 10,000 feet, only the colorful fabric of their chutes keep jumpers visible against the panoramic landscape.’
- ‘Is the flea the greatest jumper in the animal world, or a skittering frog one of the hot contenders for the swimming title?’
- ‘Advanced jumpers use thin, aerodynamic ropes for fast rotation.’
- ‘He has never been a flashy horse or a spectacular jumper but he is efficient and extremely powerful, which is what will be required tomorrow.’
- ‘Poggio is a better jumper, but his dressage is not as good.’
- ‘Accordingly these two jumpers would be the latest addition to the Olympic athletic pool mostly consisting of runners.’
- ‘We now love jumping and he's an amazing jumper, galloping and hacking.’
- ‘Much like jumpers and racehorses, farriers pay a price for doing what they love.’
- ‘We got suited up, had some instructions from our jumpers, and headed out to the two propeller plane that takes everyone up.’
- ‘This horse was unlucky not to win a bumper but he loves this fast ground and he has always been a good jumper.’
- 1.1Basketball another term for jump shot
2A short wire used to complete an electric circuit or bypass a break in a circuit.
- ‘I rechecked all the connections and jumpers, memory placement, everything.’
- ‘Any problems with the coaxial cable, connectors, jumpers, or the antenna will show up as an abnormality on the display.’
- ‘Connected to two of them are circuit-making jumpers.’
- ‘It is software-configurable with no jumpers, and a 12V control switch is provided for flash memory programming.’
- ‘I read it wrong and placed the jumper wire in the E and F leads.’
A rope made fast to keep a yard or mast from jumping.
4A heavy chisel-ended steel bar for drilling blast holes.
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