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English

Etymology

Jill is a variant of the proper name Gill, itself a female form either of Julius (then also Gillian or Jillian) or of Aegidius.

Pronunciation

  • /dʒɪl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪl
  • Homophone: gill

Proper noun

Jill
  1. A given name
  2. generic use for any female (as Sheila in Australian English), especially paired (since the 15th c., compare Ienken and Iulyan) with the male Jack; also in the compound jillstrap (also shortened as jill), the female counterpart of a jockstrap
  3. A young woman; a sweetheart; like the variant spelling Gill it was also associated with various assertive uses of the term flirt, as in flirtgigg (used by William Shakespeare for a 'woman of light or loose behavior').
  4. A term used to describe your right hand, usually hinting at masturbation.

References

  • EtymologyOnLine
  • Dr. Jan Van der Schaar, Woordenboek van voornamen (onomasticon in Dutch), Utrecht-Antwerpen, Het Spectrum (Aula series), 1963 (reprint 1979)

Extensive Definition

Jill is a female given name, of Latin origin, meaning sweetheart or youthful. Used as a short form of the female given name Gillian, now it is often used as an independent name. Jill may refer to:
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