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 History of this Word

"jack" is from "Jakke" (a proper name) spoken by people in England during 1100-1550 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this prefix,
jackscrew
jackknife
jackeroo
jackass

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grammar is modifier

"jack-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "male", "large" or "heavy" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

jack- illustration The largest jackpot to date in the Super Cash game was $3,046,000.
jack- illustration The jackhammer attachment is used for fragmenting concrete.