from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The jasmine.
- n. A dandy: so called, it is said, because it was a habit of fops to wear a sprig of jasmine in their buttonhole.
- Like jasmine in color or perfume.
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There were also "jessamy" gloves -- namely, kid gloves perfumed with jessamine; a black velvet mask; a superb painted fan; a box of patches, another of violet powder, another of rouge, and a fourth of pomatum; one of the
Wi'that she gid me a beautiful spreg o 'jessamy, jist
I'd rather zitin tha poorch, wi 'tha jessamy ranglin roun it, and hire
The lodging-houses are of course very numerous, and in every grade, from the humble _jessamy_ or _myrtle_ cottage at 20 or 30 shillings per week, to the lordly mansion at as many guineas.
Brannon's Picture of The Isle of Wight The Expeditious Traveller's Index to Its Prominent Beauties & Objects of Interest. Compiled Especially with Reference to Those Numerous Visitors Who Can Spare but Two or Three Days to Make the Tour of the Island.
Up the side he scrambles, with the help of a side-ladder, all togged out to the nines in a span-new blue jacket and anchor buttons, a cap with a gould band, and white ducks made to fit -- as jemmy-jessamy a looking fellow as you'd see of a cruise along London parks, with the waterman singing out alongside to send down
Fancy a Boston publisher going about his business tricked up in this dandified dress -- a true New England jessamy.