Jack O' Words

Jack is a fairly common English and American first name.  But it is also found in many words and phrases.  Here is a list of “jack o’ words” with brief definitions.

Billy Jack — title of a movie

Black Jack — brand of chewy gum

Black Jack — titles of songs, movies, etc.

Cheap Jack — peddler of cheap goods

Cracker Jacks — caramel corn

Farmer Jack — grocery chain

Jack — man’s name

Jack — name of several movies

Jack Adams — A fool

Jack and Jill — fairy tale

Jack and the Beanstalk — fairy tale

Jack Brag — braggard

Jack Daniels — whiskey brand

Jack FM — name of a brand of radio stations

Jack Frost — personified cold

Jack in the Green — participant in English May Day parades

Jack Ketch — a public hangman

Jack Out of Office — one no longer in office

Jack Pudding — buffoon who does pudding tricks

Jack Rose — cocktail made with apple brandy

Jack Russell terrier — a dog breed

Jack Sprat — nursery rhyme name

Jack the Ripper — legendary killer

Jackson — common surname

Happy Jack — Arizona town; a song and play

Kangaroo Jack — title of a movie

Little Jack Horner — nursery rhyme name

Monterey Jack — kind of cheese

Mountain Jack’s — restaurant chian

Union Jack — the British flag

Whiskey Jack — bird found in Canada


almaco jack — type of fish

amberjack — type of fish

applejack — fermented cider

bar jack — type of fish

black jack — card game

black jack — type of fish

bluejacking — sending of messages over Bluetooth

bootjack — instrument for drawing off boots

brace jack — scenery prop device

cheap-jack — unscrupulous

crackerjack — expert in some field

crevalle jack — type of fish

flap jack — pancake

hijack — to steal an occupied vehicle

jack — device to lift heavy objects

jack — male donkey

jack — electronic connector

jack — face card in a deck

jack, the — referring to a flag

jacks — child's game

jack bean — bushy plant

jack block — block used on a sailing ship

jack chain — kind of chain

jack cheese — Monterey Jack cheese

jack crevalle — carangid fish

jack head — part of a jack; other meanings

jack knife — to fold like a jackknife

jack ladder — nautical ladder made of rope

jack lamp — camping lantern

jack light — light used as a lure in hunting at night

jack mackerel — edible fish

jack Mormon — Mormon not active in the church

jack o’ clock — clock bell ringing figure

jack o’ the dust — navy person in charge of provisions

jack oak — kind of tree

jack of plate — type of armour

jack off — to masturbate

jack pine — scrubby pine

jack plane — carpenter's plane

jack post — floor beam support

jack rabbit — large hare

jack rafter — short roof rafter

jack salmon — walleye fish

jack stand — adjustable garage support

jack straw — scarecrow, a peasant rebel

jack tar — sailor

jack yard — sailing spar

jack-a-dandy — little foppish fellow

jack-a-dreams — man of inaction

jack-a-lent — stuffed puppet pelted in Lent

jack-at-a-pinch — man use in emergencies

jack-at-bowls — the butt of all the players

jack-in-office — a conceited upstart official

jack-in-the-pulpit — flower

jack-in-the-box — a childs toy

jack-in-the-hedge — plant growing in hedgerows

jack-of-all-trades — one of many talents

jack-o-lantern — hollowed out pumpkin

jack-pan — barber's pan for heating water

jack-rib — inferior rib in an arch

jack-roll — turning rod of a well

jack-snip — a botching tailor

jack-towel — long servants towel

jack-up — kind of drilling rig

jackanapes — impertinent fellow

jackaroo — inexperienced Australian sheep rancher

jackatar — native of New Foundland

jackass — pack animal

jackboot — military footwear

jackdaw — small crow

jacket — piece of apparel

jackfruit — tropical fruit

jackhammer — automated hammer

jackking — a form of dance

jackknife — pocket knife

jackleg — unskilled worker; strikebreaker

jacklight — portable light

jacklighter — person who fishes at night

jackline — rope or wire strung from a ship's bow

jackpot — the winnings of a contest

jackscrew — lifting device

jackshaft — short shaft coming off a motor

jackstaff — small vertical spar in the bow of a ship

jackstay — rope, bar, or batten placed along a ship's yard

jacksmelt — fish

jackstraws — pickup game

jacky — pint of gin

jumping jack — dancing toy

leatherjack — type of fish; pilot fish

lumberjack — one who cuts tall trees

one-eyed-jacks — certain playing cards

phone jack — cord receptacle

roasting jack — device for turning a spit

supplejack tree — a tree native to Australia

skipjack — kind of tuna fish

skyjack — to take over an airplane

smoke-jack — chimney spit

steeple jack — one who climbs steeples

yellow jack — ocean fish type