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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

JIMMY, adj. Also jimmey, jemmy.

1. Spruce, dressed in a showy manner (Sc. 1825 Jam.); neat, tidy (Uls. 1924 W. Lutton Montiaghisms 26). Sc. 1899 W. Harvey Sc. Life 399: 
Them braw books are in French, and they're a' o' ae size, neat and jemmy, like a French mounseer himself.

2. “Handy, dexterous” (Abd. 1825 Jam.).

3. “Neatly or ingeniously made” (Ib.). Sh.10 1959:
A jimmy fixter — an ingenious gadget or contrivance; often used ironically.

[Now obs. or dial. in Eng. From Gim, adj., q.v. and cf. Eng. dial. jim, id.]

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