jam Definition

  • 1a sweet spread or preserve made from fruit and sugar boiled to a thick consistency
  • 2a difficult situation, often caused by too many things happening at the same time
  • 3to press or squeeze something tightly between two surfaces or objects

Using jam: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "jam" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I like to have jam on my toast in the morning.

  • Example

    We were in a traffic jam for hours.

  • Example

    I accidentally jammed my finger in the door.

  • Example

    The printer is jammed with paper.

jam Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for jam

Idioms Using jam

  • in a jam

    in a difficult or tricky situation


    I'm in a jam because I lost my wallet and don't have any money.

  • promises of good things to come that never materialize


    Don't believe his promises of jam tomorrow; he's been saying that for years.

  • jam up

    to become stuck or blocked


    The machine jammed up and we had to call a technician to fix it.

Phrases with jam

  • jam-packed

    completely full or crowded


    The concert was jam-packed with fans.

  • an informal gathering of musicians improvising together


    After the show, the band had a jam session in the green room.

  • jam on the brakes

    to suddenly apply the brakes of a vehicle


    He had to jam on the brakes to avoid hitting the deer.

Origins of jam

originated from the Old French word 'jamb', meaning 'a jam or mass of people or things'


Summary: jam in Brief

The term 'jam' [dʒæm] refers to a sweet spread made from fruit and sugar, as well as a difficult situation or the act of pressing or squeezing something tightly. Examples include 'I like to have jam on my toast in the morning' and 'The printer is jammed with paper.' Phrases like 'jam-packed' and idioms like 'in a jam' extend the concept of being crowded or in a difficult situation.

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