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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [jak-straw]
    • /ˈdʒækˌstrɔ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [jak-straw]
    • /ˈdʒækˌstrɔ/

Definitions of jackstraw word

  • noun jackstraw one of a group of strips of wood or similar objects, as straws or toothpicks, used in the game of jackstraws. 1
  • noun jackstraw jackstraws, (used with a singular verb) a game in which players compete in picking up, one by one, as many jackstraws as possible without disturbing the heap. 1
  • noun jackstraw Obsolete. a straw-stuffed figure of a man; scarecrow; straw man. an insignificant person. 1
  • noun jackstraw (usually plural) One of the pieces used for the game variously called jackstraws or pick-up-sticks. 1
  • noun jackstraw a thin strip of wood used in the game of spillikins 0
  • noun jackstraw an insignificant person 0

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Origin of jackstraw

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
First recorded in 1590-1600; after Jack Straw, name or nickname of one of the leaders of the rebellion headed by Wat Tyler in 1381 in England

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Parts of speech for Jackstraw


jackstraw popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 42% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 53% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

jackstraw usage trend in Literature

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