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Jill \Jill\, n. [See Gill sweetheart.] A young woman; a sweetheart. See Gill.
--Beau. & Fl.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fem. proper name, variant of Gill, familiar shortening of Jillian, Gillian, the common Middle English pronunciation of Juliana (see Gillian).


Etymology 1 vb. (label en uncommon coarse slang of a female) To masturbate. Etymology 2

n. A female ferret. Etymology 3

n. (misspelling of gill English)


Jill is an English feminine given name, a short form of the name Jillian ( Gillian), which in turn originates as a Middle English variant of Juliana, the feminine form of the name Julian.

Jill (novel)

Jill is a novel by English writer Philip Larkin, first published in 1946 by The Fortune Press, and reprinted by Faber and Faber (London) in 1964. It was written between 1943 and 1944, when Larkin was twenty-one years old and an undergraduate at St John's College, Oxford.

The novel is set in wartime Oxford, the city in which it was written. Protagonist John Kemp is a young man from "Huddlesford" in Lancashire, who goes up to Oxford. With great sympathy it analyses his emotions at this first experience of privileged southern life (he had never been south of Crewe). Socially awkward and inexperienced, Kemp is attracted by the reckless and dissipated life of his roommate Christopher Warner, a well-off southerner who has attended a minor public school, tellingly called " Lamprey College". The eponymous Jill is Kemp's imaginary sister, whom he invents to confound Warner. Kemp then discovers a real-life Jill called Gillian, the 15-year-old cousin of Warner's friend Elizabeth. Kemp becomes infatuated with Gillian, but his advances are thwarted by Elizabeth and rebuffed by Gillian.

Larkin writes of his own experiences of Oxford during the war in the Introduction he added for the republication by Faber and Faber in 1964:

"Life in college was austere. Its pre-war pattern had been dispersed, in some instances permanently … This was not the Oxford of Michael Fane and his fine bindings, or Charles Ryder and his plovers' eggs. Nevertheless, it had a distinctive quality."

A boy with the surname Bleaney (we are not told his Christian name or indeed anything else about him) makes a fleeting appearance in 'Jill' as one of John Kemp's classmates at Huddlesford Grammar School. Larkin later used this unusual surname in his well known poem ' Mr Bleaney', although there is nothing to indicate that it refers to the same person.

Larkin himself was convinced that the novel was never more than a juvenile 'indiscretion' and that the plot was weak and 'immature'. His first draft was severely censored by the printer's manager and Larkin later wrote: "I am sick of the Fortune Press. They only publish dirty novels and any printer who does their work is extra suspicious." No manuscript version of the novel has survived. Bloomfield, in his 1979 bibliography, records that even the original typescript was later thrown away by the author. When the book was re-published by Faber and Faber, Larkin ensured that the censorship of some of the intended expletives was reversed.

The book was later published in the USA, first by St. Martin's Press in 1965 and then, in 1976, by The Overlook Press, a small American publisher with a reputation for stylish limited editions.

Jill was published in paperback by Faber and Faber, ISBN 0-571-22582-9 in 2005.

Jill (disambiguation)

Jill is a feminine given name.

Jill may also refer to:

  • Jill (cat), a cat on Blue Peter
  • Nakajima B6N, Japanese torpedo bomber of World War II
  • Jill of the Jungle, a computer game
  • A generic representative of the female sex, as in jillstrap (also shortened simply to jill)
  • Jill (novel), a novel by Philip Larkin
  • A female ferret
  • The Buffalo Jills, the Buffalo Bills cheerleading squad
  • Jill, one of the Clayton Windmills, at Clayton, Sussex
  • Jil, 2015 Telugu film

Usage examples of "jill".

Even a bit drunk, Jill was agile, and she got through the dancing with her purity intact.

She had lovely hands, Jill thought, slender and graceful, with long fingernails that had been stained a tasteful orange-red with annatto seeds and polished to such a glossy perfection that Jill found herself hiding her own calloused fingers and bitten nails in her lap.

In the confusion, Jill slipped away, going around behind the broch and finding a quiet spot to sit in the shade of the ruined wall.

They flew right over it, northwards, crossing the river: the air grew colder, and Jill thought she could see the white reflection of the Owl in the water beneath her.

Jill dropped the bags and spun, looking for the cougher as her mind reflexively assessed the situation.

Pete needs on top of Celia dying, the deadfall burning, and Jill cracking up.

Jill had credited Miss Fawcett with an improved generalship in her campaign for the conquest of Mr.

Sam was on the New York end of a conference call with Jill in LA, and Figgy on another phone allegedly at the French offices of the United Nations.

Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson, who later wrote their own book flacking for Hill.

The only annoying thing was that the Nurse kept coming in and out, and every time she came in, she brought a gigantic toy with her - a huge doll, bigger than Jill herself, a wooden horse on wheels, about the size of an elephant, a drum that looked like a young gasometer, and a woolly lamb.

Susann Brailey, Jean Hobday, Cassie Goddard, Linda Hayes, Jill Shalvis, Wendy Chen, Jean Brashear, Carmen Ardura, and Leanne Banks.

It howled and fell away, and Jill rolled out from under it and scrambled to the bed.

While the cook bellowed for peace Jill grabbed the pair of lasses and knocked them apart so hard that they cowered back by the wall.

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Swinging, swooping, first high, then gliding low over the Horsekin camp, Jill led her on, threatened her with the spear, and worst weapon of all, mocked her.