Main meanings of mojo in English

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Pronunciation /ˈməʊdʒəʊ/

nounplural noun mojos

  • 1mainly US A magic charm, talisman, or spell.

    ‘someone must have their mojo working over at the record company’
    • ‘While I have always been aware of hoodoo in the blues, via references to ‘mojos’, ‘black cat bones’ etc., I didn't realize just how many more obscure allusions existed within the genre.’
    • ‘One of the levels requires you to get your Force Powers back; our hero relinquished his mojo, and must pass a series of trials.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was his advanced addiction to hair tonic that was killing the spirit around this band, but whatever it is, the mojo's gone.’
    • ‘Tundra thinks you're obligated to give him the mojo.’
    • ‘What gets the mojo working for John Smith, the legendary pioneer lover in Pocahontas?’
    • ‘Maybe it's their consumption of snails and frog legs that have taken away the mojo of their youth.’
    • ‘They get the experience of participation or observation, but don't have the mojo worked upon them.’
    • ‘So I was standing behind someone at a game, and I decided to be completely altruistic and send this guy the mojo.’
    • ‘I would have to say that it was the first time I could get the mojo to work.’
    • ‘To counter, Samuel invokes the mojo of beads and hokey mysticism.’
    • ‘So, he must chase evil into the past to recover his mojo.’
    • ‘His porch-style ramblings are as blues as dirt, and subtle turntablism and drum loops remain comfortably in the back seat to these tales of killing, drinking and trying to get your mojo going.’
    • ‘You can tell he's got his mojo back by the titles alone: ‘Illusion, Coma, Pimp and Circumstance’ is as sublime a title as he's ever dreamt up.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, whatever mojo he worked in the mountains has reversed the Earth's cool polarity and Superman is temporarily cooler than Batman.’
    • ‘My mojo isn't working anymore and I don't know why.’
    • ‘Power hitters can lose their mojo very, very quickly, and there were whispers before last night that Sammy might have hit the wall.’
    • ‘There are a few more things I want to do while I've got my masculine practicality mojo working.’
    spell, incantation, conjuration, rune, magic formula, magic word, abracadabra, jinx
    1. 1.1mass noun Influence, especially magic power.
      ‘the name has no mojo’
      • ‘If you're over 35, and you've got political power and media mojo in your veins, apply online or drop a line and I'll forward along more info.’
      • ‘I mean, I got the horsepower and stuff, and you've all your people, plus a whole lot of magic mojo.’
      • ‘It was meant to involve writing heartfelt treatises about why a Masters in Law, and particularly subjects like International And Comparative Commercial Arbitration, would give me mojo.’
      • ‘He had time enough to sit and think, recalling something he always has intuitively known: that you can't force the artistic mojo without herniating it in the process.’
      • ‘As she pondered where her career in illustration would lead her, I thought about all the hard work and creative mojo that goes into a piece, whether it be commercial or for self-promotion.’
      • ‘The Westminster political mojo is in his favour.’
      • ‘It's going to take a lot more than mojo to save the day and the planet!’
      • ‘In theory, it should escape this pigeonholing due to its quirkiness and cheek, yet it lacks mojo to pull it through.’
      • ‘Matthew's, obviously, without mojo, and if he's going to become the leader he's pegged for, he's got to get some swagger.’
      • ‘Still, let's face it, you don't start the season 16-0 and then make it to the Sweet 16, unless you have some major mojo on your side.’
      • ‘Suppose you've recognized that it's time to do some entertaining - time to work some business-relationship mojo on the folks your company needs most.’
      • ‘I guess there might be more to this, but unless someone with more technical mojo than me can poke a hole in their explanation I'd judge it to be pretty reasonable too.’
      • ‘This latest version of the Manning quarterbacking clan has a little mojo working for him, too.’
      • ‘I think the mojo of electronic music is turning.’
      • ‘Whatever mojo Campbell had conjured up previously, his methods were now clearly failing.’
      • ‘They have lost their mojo in major fashion and contributed practically nothing noteworthy to a contest that belonged to Rangers as soon as the home side found their rhythm.’
      • ‘If there's a sense that Sydney's been losing its mojo of late, at least in designer property terms, then Ian Moore and Tina Engelen will soon have to wear some of the blame.’
      • ‘Antidepressants haven't killed my mojo to quite the extent they have in others, but they certainly throw a big blanket over things most of the time.’


Early 20th century probably of African origin; compare with Gullah moco ‘witchcraft’.

Main meanings of mojo in English

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mass nounUS
  • A Cuban sauce or marinade containing garlic, olive oil, and sour oranges.

    ‘For local flavours, the piquant sauce called mojo is important.’
    • ‘Try the tangy lobster seviche laced with passion-fruit mojo, which can be scarfed as eagerly as the house red sangria.’
    • ‘Few Frenchmen would recognize their beloved hanger steak enshrouded and enlivened by jalapeño mojo.’
    • ‘I've also used mojo (a spicy Spanish sauce), or even a few drops of Tabasco.’
    • ‘A similar tapas item of whole shrimp mojo de ajo, while nicely cooked, was mostly about tomato; the dish's garlic, lime and cilantro were forced into the back seat.’



/ˈməʊdʒəʊ/ /ˈməʊhəʊ/


Probably from Spanish mojo ‘wet’ from mojar ‘make wet’.