• (British) IPA: /dʒeɪk/


  1. (slang) Adequate; satisfactory; acceptable.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 126:
      ‘What do you care? Just keep your nose clean and everything will be jake.’


  1. (US) A juvenile male turkey.
  2. (New York, slang) police, a federal government officer.
    • 1998, Big L, "Ebonics (Criminal Slang)"
      A radio is a box, a razor blade is a ox / fat diamonds is rocks and jakes is cops.
  3. (slang) A police officer (on foot, rather than in a patrol car)
  4. (US, slang, uncountable) Jamaica ginger
  5. A Discordian prank involving a large number of people sending bizarre letters or parcels to a targeted individual.
    • 1993, "selvarv, the keeper of Rig", Today's impending JAKE! (on newsgroup alt.discordia)
      Hello, I'm afraid in some regards I'm too discordian for my own good and I forgot to either write down the jake-dupe's address, or include it in my repost when I suggested today as jake day....
    • 1994, "Matthew Morse", StarTrek (on newsgroup alt.discordia)
      It strikes me that organizing a jake over the net is a bad idea, because Hormel could conceivably find out about it before it happens. That's not going to stop me from participating though.
    • 1999, "Jeff X. Mink", My Christmas Card! (on newsgroup alt.discordia)
      Call me old fashioned, but this situation is really inappropriate for a jake. […] I mean that a little girl was seriously injured, […] and we, as Discordians, should have more respect for the holy tradition of the jake, and use its powers only for those situations where it can actually do some good, or at least be worth a good laugh.

jake (jakes, present participle jaking; past and past participle jaked)

  1. (transitive) To play a Discordian prank on (somebody), involving a large number of people sending bizarre letters or parcels to that person.

  • IPA: /d͡ʒeɪk/
Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
    • 1927 Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, Chapter III:
      Brett smiled at him. "I've promised to dance this with Jacob," she laughed. "You've a hell of a biblical name, Jake."
    • 1985 Ed McBain: Snow White and Rose Red: page 10:
      Her attendant - Jake, she had called him, which seemed an appropriate name for a redheaded, no-neck redneck with the muscles of a dedicated weight lifter - - -

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