Word of the day #36: jumper

Word of the Day is designed to help children learn how to use a dictionary, whilst simultaneously expanding their vocabulary. Today’s Word of the Day begins with the letter ‘J’. The word is: jumper. This word is interesting as it has very different meanings in British English and North American English.

 

jumper in North America

North American jumper

Jumper1

n 1 British a pullover or sweater. (Jumper used to refer to a sailor’s loose outer jacket.) 2 North American a pinafore dress

jumper2

n 1 a person or animal that jumps. 2 a short wire used to shorten or close an electric circuit (also called a jump wire). 3 in sailing, a rope used to keep a yard or mast from jumping. 4 a heavy chisel-ended iron bar for drilling blast holes.

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