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Bible Encyclopedias

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Jack

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A familiar form of John, the most widely spread of Christian names, and said to be derived from the French

s others maintain, from

distinctive form of

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b>Johnkin gives us

nd

rom its extreme commonness it has acquired that slightly contemptuous signification observable in such compounds as "every man

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nd the name as applied to the knaves in playing-cards, and to the small white ball used as a mark in the game of bowls is an example of its transferred sense.

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Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Jack'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/j/jack.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.

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