Urbandictionary.com says it means:

To rob. Verb. Present tense of juxt.

It has 342 votes but I can't find any evidence of actual usage on a google or COCA search.

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    Try looking up the verb "juke". (The past tense is actually "juked"). And "jux" is probably just how the third person singular is sometimes spelled while texting. Apr 28 '12 at 21:08
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    What’s your definition of a “real word”, anyway?
    – tchrist
    Apr 29 '12 at 20:23
  • @tchrist It's not that important and becoming something of a distraction. I'm really after more information about usage of this word jux, a little etymology, maybe a stab at a better definition than those on UD.
    – z7sg Ѫ
    Apr 29 '12 at 20:38

The verb to jux as used in New York does mean to rob, for example to rob someone is to jux a head.

Here's a couple of sentences from the book Lush Life by Richard Price where he uses the word jux. Actually the word appears 8 times in the novel. From that it seems to me that it is a "real word" used in NYC.

"Most project are kind of like, that's all they know, but you go two blocks in any direction from here, you go Wall Street, Chinatown, the Lower East Side, they are like release valves, you know? They give you the confidence to mix it up in the world -"
"And jux everybody in sight," Iacone murmured.
"You're so cynical, I swear to God," Yolanda said. "I was a projects kid, I didn't jux anybody" ... "How about a running buddy? Somebody he likes to jux heads with out there."

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    It's never too late if you have something new to add and this is exactly what I was looking for. Although I'm not exactly sure about the context of "jux heads". Does that still mean to rob?
    – z7sg Ѫ
    Jul 11 '12 at 11:37
  • yes, sorry I forgot to mention that in the book "jux" or "jux a head"means to rob somebody.
    – merengo
    Jul 11 '12 at 12:26


It appears jux (to rob) comes from Jamaican Patois jooks (to rob, especially with a pointed weapon), from Carribean jook (to poke) dating back to the early 19th century, and is similar to several west African words meaning to poke, pierce, prick or enter. Jook is now also London gang slang for theft or stabbing.

Carribean use

Ras Dennis Jabari Reynolds' Jabari: Authentic Jamaican Dictionary of the Jamic Language (2006) gives prod and robbery definitions:

jook (jük): v. to prod or poke; to engage in sexual intercourse
jook-out (-owt, -ôt): v. to prod, so as to effect a protrusion; to project; to poke in the eye
jooks (jüks): n./v. a robbery, usu. involving a weapon; to stay on point; to tarry

A Rasta/Patois Dictionary and Phrases/Proverbs defines jook as:

JOOK : to pierce or stick, as with a thorn or a long pointed stick. (5) also used in a sexual context (29)

5. Understanding Jamaican Patois, L. Emilie Adams, Kingston
29. Clinton Fearon - Original member of the Gladiators/Barbara Kennedy

Partridge (2007) includes:

joog verb 1 to have sex. Sometimes spelt 'jewg' JAMAICA 1942
jook noun sexual intercourse TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 1993
jook verb 1 to poke with a sharp object BARBADOS, 1965. 2 to stab TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 1827

The OED says jook (also spelled chook, juck, juick and juk) is a Caribbean word meaning to stab, pierce or poke and gives a quotation from H. G. Murray's Tom Kittle's Wake (1877):

Wen me see him so wid de begnet..me ting say de man da go jook me wid it.

And gives an etymology suggesting a west African source:

Origin uncertain. Compare e.g. Fulani jukka to poke, Cameroon Pidgin English čuk-am to pierce, prick, Nigerian Pidgin English chook to pierce, prick, Mende jɔkɔ to enter.

The Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago (2009) includes eight long entries for jook with many citations, with meanings from: to stab; to shove; to wash clothes with a sharp motion against a washboard(a jooking board); a (pelvic) thrust; a cut from a stabbing; a small quick attempt at something to see if you like it; sexual intercourse. The earliest quote is from 1827, for stab:

Someting chook for my kin like one fork O!

A jooker is any sharp pointed thing. Jook up is to shove something sharpy; to push severely or repeatedly, to beat up. A jook waist is a sideways hip shift with the ribcage lifted away from the pelvic region, which is sharply pushed outwards. And:

jook out eye phr Steal from; swindle; cheat someone. If you don't watch dem good, dem people go jook out yuh eye.

Anita M. Waters' Race, Class, and Political Symbols: Rastafari and Reggae in Jamaican Politics (1985) prints the lyrics of Neville Martin's 1976 election song "The Message" and says:

... used a popular slang phrase of the time, "jook them," meaning impress them or hit them

(Tangentially, Elaine B. Richardson's Hiphop Literacies (2006) notes the roots of jukebox is the jook joint, a place for rowdy dancing, and comes from Wolof dzug and Bambara dzugu meaning to "act disorderly" and "wicked". Richardson also says the Dictionary of Jamaican English (Cassidy and Le Page, 2002) traces it to Fulani jukka (spur, poke; knock down) and Cameroon pidgin (cuk used to mean pierce, prick), noting in one sense it "usually done suddenly", and another is the vulgar usage "to have sexual intercourse (with a woman)".)

US slang

A 2005 edition of US urban music Vibe Magazine included a guide to 1995-era slang:

rob: jook; run a manip; run up on

Kermit Ernest Campbell's Gettin' Our Groove On: Rhetoric, Language, And Literacy For The Hip Hop Generation (2005) says:

In "Ebonics," for example, Big L offers a brief glossay of some comon (especially for the East Coast or New York) Hip hop expressions.

Yo, yo, a burglary is a jook, a woof's a crook
Mobb Deep already explained the meanin' of shook

London slang

Herbert C. Covey's Street Gangs Throughout the World (2010) describes a 2002 journalistic account of a street gang from Peckham, London:

Gang members were known to “jook” victims, which means stab them in the leg to hurt and terrorize them.

Fearless (part of the UK charity, Crimestoppers) says:

Other names for theft include: stealing, five finger discount, clepto, hustle, scam, fraud, rob, take, jacking, shoplift, burgle, jook, mugging, pickpocketing, shoplifting, housebreaking.

It's listed on A lexicon of teen speak by the BBC (2005):

jook - to stab or to steal.
(Suggested by reader Caroline Jones, Godalming)

And on the student-authored London Slang Dictionary (2008):

jook - to stab or to steal.


The answer depends on your definition of "real word".

You gave a word, a definition, and clearly, if it's in the urban dictionary, someone, somewhere is or has used the word with the meaning you described.

My own searching has shown two alternate definitions:

1) short for juxtaposed

2) a word adopted from German (English has a vast tendency to adopt words from other languages) meaning "fun, laughter, joke or jest"

If this is "enough evidence" for it to be a "real word", then it is. If you prefer a different kind of source (like the OED), then it is not a "real word".

Unfortunately, the standard is not agreed upon, which is why sites like Urban dictionary exist: to capture the meanings of some words that aren't in other dictionaries.

  • It is not "enough evidence". I'd like to see the word used in context, in real speech or text. The examples on urban dictionary are contrived.
    – z7sg Ѫ
    Apr 29 '12 at 10:35
  • I think your use of “other standard dictionaries” should be only either “other dictionaries” or “standard dictionaries”.
    – tchrist
    Apr 29 '12 at 20:24
  • @tchrist I think people know what I meant by that, but it did bother me a bit, so since you agree, I changed it. Apr 30 '12 at 0:38

I'm an American, (stated since this question was tagged [american-english] ) and have never heard the word "jux" in any context, so I'd say it's not a "real word" that I wouldn't have considered it a real word until reading the other answers here. That's not to say that whoever put it in Urban Dictionary made it up. It might be a regionalism, but I have no idea what region that might be.

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