[ jak-uh l, -awl ]
/ ˈdʒæk əl, -ɔl /
any of several nocturnal wild dogs of the genus Canis, especially C. aureus, of Asia and Africa, that scavenge or hunt in packs.
a person who performs dishonest or base deeds as the follower or accomplice of another.
a person who performs menial or degrading tasks for another.
Origin of jackal
1595–1605; < alteration, by association with Jack, of Persian shag(h)āl; cognate with Sanskrit śṛgāla
Words nearby jackal
jack-tar, jack-the-lad, jack-the-rags, jack-up, jack-up rig, jackal, jackanapes, jackaroo, jackass, jackass bark, jackass brig
Example sentences from the Web for jackal
He was accused of being a 'jackal' and of drunkenly killing innocents by an Afghan warlord this week.Lock Up Your Daughters (And Hide The Vodka) - Prince Harry's Headed Home! |Tom Sykes |January 3, 2013 |DAILY BEAST
The Jackal ran up and down, here and there, but for a long time could find nothing to eat.Old Deccan Days |M. Frere
When the jackal stood in the presence of the queen, he began munching the betel-leaves.Folk-Tales of Bengal |Lal Behari Day
Then he stood still and waited till the panther came up to him: 'Jackal, where are my little ones?'The Pink Fairy Book |Various
A jackal's tail mounted on a stick serves the double purpose of fan and handkerchief.
Late in the afternoon, they got tired of waiting for the Jackal, and determined to go and look for him.The Talking Thrush |William Crooke
British Dictionary definitions for jackal
/ (ˈdʒækɔːl) /
any of several African or S Asian canine mammals of the genus Canis, closely related to the dog, having long legs and pointed ears and muzzle: predators and carrion-eaters
a person who does menial tasks for another
a villain, esp a swindler
Word Origin for jackal
C17: from Turkish chakāl, from Persian shagāl, from Sanskrit srgāla