1. a fool.
|Gentleness and Nobility line 239: Nay, iwys, pyvsh and rude Jack Javell.|
|Misogonus in (1906) II i: Marry. sir! this Jack Prat will go boast.|
|Taming of the Shrew II i: To wish me wed to one half lunatic; A madcap ruffian and a swearing Jack.|
|Westward Hoe IV i: There be a thousand bragging Jackes in London.|
|Works (1869) I 120: If any poore Iacke-a-Lent doe happen into the hands of a foole, tis but a Foole and a Iacke, or two fooles well met.‘Iacke a Lent’ in|
|Nights Search I 52: For I do use her, as a hooke and line To catch Iack-simple.|
|‘The Merry Country Maid’s Answer’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1891) VII:2 341: For rather than I’le marry such a Clownish Jack, / I’le buy a witty fellow cloath[e]s to put on ’s back.|
|Catterpillers of this Nation Anatomized 5: Its likely they are but lately rose from that doglike life of Iackyes like the fool that is proud of his own wit.|
|Scoffer Scoff’d (1765) 221: This Jack, / This paltry Mountebanking Quack.|
|Tarry Flynn (1965) 97: ‘Shut up, you jack, you,’ said Mary.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 14: The insulting connotations usually come through most clearly when the familiar form of a name is used, as in Chico, Charlie, Heinie, Hymie, Jack, Mick, Paddy.|
|Indep. Rev. 3 Mar. 10: A jack named Vig [...] a dopey redneck who wouldn’t know responsibility if it palled up with him in a bar.|
2. (US Und.) a drunk individual who is made the victim of a theft.
|Dly Press (Newport News, VA) 19 Apr. 12/14: Once in a whilea pickpkcket will run across a drunken man who is easy to rob. Such a man is known as a ‘jack’.|
(Irish) to play the fool; thus jack-acting n.
|Juno and the Paycock Act III: Come on, out with th’ money, an’ don’t be jack-actin’.|
|Children of the Rainbow 126: Stop your jack-actin’.|
|All Looks Yellow to the Jaundiced Eye 61: A group of schoolboys comes trampling down, shouting and jack-acting.|
to beat or scold severely.
|Hist. of Jacob and Esau V vi: If I wrought one stroke to day, lay me on the iacke.|
|Lives of Noble Grecians 127: They should make no reckoning of all that brauery and brags, but should sticke to it like men, and lay it on the iacks of them.|
1. to act the villain. [play on jack = the ‘knave’ in cards].
|Tempest IV i: Your fairy [...] has done little better than play the jack with us.|
|Knave of Hearts 53: Boy y’are a villaine, didst thou fill this sacke? / ’Tis flat you Rascall, thou hast plaid the Jacke.‘A Drunken Knave’|
|Diary 23 Feb. n.p.: Sir R. Brookes overtook us coming to town; who played the jack with us all, and is a fellow that I must trust no more.|
2. to play the fool.
|DSUE (8th edn) 897/1: C.19.|