Jam - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dʒæm|  American pronunciation of the word jam
Brit.  |dʒæm|  British pronunciation of the word jam


- preserve of crushed fruit
- informal terms for a difficult situation (syn: fix, hole, mess, muddle, pickle)
- a dense crowd of people (syn: crush, press)
- deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems (syn: jamming)


- press tightly together or cram (syn: mob, pack, pile, throng)
- push down forcibly
The driver jammed the brake pedal to the floor
- crush or bruise (syn: crush)
jam a toe
- interfere with or prevent the reception of signals (syn: block)
- get stuck and immobilized
the mechanism jammed
- crowd or pack to capacity (syn: chock up, cram, ram, wad)
the theater was jampacked
- block passage through (syn: block, close up, impede, obstruct, obturate, occlude)

Extra examples

Thousands of people jammed into the hall.

People were jamming the exits after the concert.

He jammed the book back into the bookcase.

She jammed her foot down hard on the brakes.

She jammed on the brakes.

A piece of paper jammed the copy machine.

He jammed a hat on his head.

He jammed everything into one suitcase.

They all tried to jam into the small room.

The street was jammed with traffic.

The typewriter keys jam, so I can't work.

Sorry we're late. We got stuck in a traffic jam.

It caused a jam in the printer.

We became friends after he helped me out of a jam.

He jammed his foot on the accelerator and the car sped off.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: jam
he/she/it: jams
present participle: jamming
past tense: jammed
past participle: jammed
singular: jam
plural: jams
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