Definition of moko jumby in English:

moko jumby

Pronunciation /ˈmɒkəʊ ˌdʒʌmbi/ /ˈməʊkəʊ ˌdʒʌmbi/


  • A traditional character in a masquerade, representing a tall robed spirit of (originally) West African legend, and played by a male dancer on high stilts who wears a brightly coloured, sometimes female costume.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Port of Spain Gazette. Apparently from Moko + jumby.