• (America) enPR: jăsʹpər
  • (British) IPA: /ˈdʒæspə/


  1. (obsolete) Any bright-coloured kind of chalcedony apart from cornelian.
  2. An opaque, impure variety of quartz, of red, yellow, and other dull colors, breaking conchoidally with a smooth surface.
  3. Jasperware pottery.
Translations Noun

jasper (plural jaspers)

  1. (UK, West Country, Somerset, colloquial) A wasp.
  2. (US, slang) A person, a guy, especially seen as naïve or simple.
    • 1975, Tom Waits, ‘Nighthawk Postcards (From Easy Street)’:
      Standing on the corner like a just-got-in-town jasper.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 122:
      “That jasper,” sniggered Darby, “never pulled out his ‘dummy’ for nothing but pissing, I bet you!”
    • 1968, Charles Portis, True Grit, The Saturday Evening Post
      "I stood there through almost an hour of it before they called Rooster Cogburn to the stand. I had guessed wrong as to which one he was, picking out a younger and slighter man with a badge on his shirt. And I was surprised when an old one-eyed jasper that was built along the lines of Grover Cleveland went up and was sworn."

  • (America) IPA: /ˈdʒæspɚ/
Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
    • 1920 St. John Greer Ervine, Changing Winds, Macmillan 1920, page 225:
      Her husband is...let me see...oh yes, he's Lord Jasper Jayne. His name sounds like the hero of a servant's novelette, but he doesn't look like that. He looks like a chucker-out in a back-street pub.
  2. Surname
  3. One of the Magi, also known as Caspar.
  4. Place names:
    1. A town in Alberta, Canada.
    2. A city/county seat in Walker County, Alabama.
    3. A small city/county seat in Newton County, Arkansas.
    4. A city/county seat in Hamilton County, Florida.
    5. A city/county seat in Pickens County, Georgia.
    6. A city/county seat in Dubois County, Indiana.
    7. A city in Pipestone County, and.
    8. A city in Jasper County, Missouri.
    9. A town in Steuben County, New York.
    10. An unincorporated community in Pike County, Ohio.
    11. An unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon.
    12. A town/county seat in Marion County, Tennessee.
    13. A city/county seat in Jasper County, Texas.
    14. An unincorporated community in Lee County, Virginia.

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