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John

John

(jŏn)
,
Noun.
[See
Johannes
.]
A proper name of a man.
John-apple
,
a sort of apple ripe about St. John’s Day. Same as
Apple-john
.
John Bull
,
an ideal personification of the typical characteristics of an Englishman, or of the English people.
John Bullism
,
English character.
W. Irving.
John Doe
(Law)
,
the name formerly given to the fictitious plaintiff in an action of ejectment.
Mozley & W.
John Doree
,
John Dory
.
[
John
(or F.
jaune
yellow) +
Doree
,
Dory
.]
(Zool.)
An oval, compressed, European food fish (
Zeus faber
). Its color is yellow and olive, with golden, silvery, and blue reflections. It has a round dark spot on each side. Called also
dory
,
doree
, and
St. Peter's fish
.

Definition 2021


John

John

See also: john

English

Alternative forms

  • (male given name): Jon
  • (Gospel of St John): Joh. (abbreviation)
  • (Epistles of John):
    • (First Epistle of John): 1 Joh. (abbreviation)
    • (Second Epistle of John): 2 Joh. (abbreviation)
    • (Third Epistle of John): 3 Joh. (abbreviation)

Proper noun

John

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  1. A male given name very popular since the Middle Ages.
    • 1852 D. H. Jacques, "A Chapter on Names", The Knickerbocker, or, New-York Monthly Magazine, Volume XL, August 1852, page 114:
      John is a most excellent name, and Smith is a surname which is worthy of respect and honor, but wo to the man on whom they are conjoined! For John Smith to aspire to senatorial dignities or to the laurel of a poet is simply ridiculous. Who is John Smith? He is lost in the multitude of John Smiths, and individual fame is impossible.
    • 1920, John Collings Squire, "Initials", Life and Letters: Essays, Hodder & Stoughton, pages 233-235:
      The name I refer to is John. It has been borne by many illustrious men and an innumerable multitude of the obscure. - - - It is as fixed as the English landscape and the procession of seasons. It never becomes wearisome or tarnished. Nothing affects it; nothing can bring it into contempt; it stands like a rock amid the turbulent waves of human history, as fine and noble a thing now as it was when it first took shape on human lips. It is a name to live up to; but if one who bears it sinks into disrepute it falls not with him, but rather stays in the firmament above him, shining down upon him like a reproachful star.
  2. (biblical) Either of two persons of great importance to early Christianity: John the Baptist and John the Apostle, identified with John the Evangelist.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. John, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the fourth of the four gospels.
  4. (biblical) One of the books in the New Testament of the Bible, the epistles of John (1 John, 2 John and 3 John).
  5. A patronymic surname.
  6. (informal) Used frequently to form an idea personified John Bull, John Barleycorn (see derivations below).
  7. (informal) A name used to address a man whose actual name is not known: John Doe.

Synonyms

  • (name used to address a man whose actual name is not known (standard)): sir
  • (name used to address a man whose actual name is not known(colloquial or slang)): boy (especially to a younger man), bro (US, New Zealand), gov or guv (British), guvnor (British), Mac (US), man (especially US), mate (British, Australian), mister, son (to a younger man), buddy (Canada)

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Noun

John (plural Johns)

  1. (US, slang, archaic) Alternative letter-case form of john: a toilet, lavatory, outhouse, or chamber pot.

Synonyms

  • See Wikisaurus:toilet, Wikisaurus:bathroom, and Wikisaurus:chamber pot

Derived terms

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: answered · thousand · looking · #365: John · hour · air · reason

Danish

Etymology

A contraction of Johannes, later reinforced by the English John.

Proper noun

John c

  1. A male given name.

Derived terms

References

  • Danskernes Navne: 44 136 males with the given name John (compared to 3 492 named Jon) have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 1950s. Accessed on March 20th, 2011.

Faroese

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /jɔnː/
  • Rhymes: -ɔnː
  • Homophone: Jonn

Proper noun

John m

  1. A male given name.

Usage notes

  • son of John: Johnsson
  • daughter of John: Johnsdóttir

Declension

Singular
Indefinite
Nominative John
Accusative John
Dative Johni
Genitive Johns

Norwegian

Etymology

Medieval contraction of Johannes later reinforced by the English John. Used as a spelling variant of the more traditional Jon.

Proper noun

John

  1. A male given name.

Derived terms

References

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
  • Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 20 361 males with the given name John (compared to 16 263 named Jon) alive in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1920s. Accessed on March 29th 2011.

Swedish

Etymology

From English John. First recorded in Sweden in 1729. Used as a spelling variant of the traditional Swedish Jon.

Proper noun

John

  1. A male given name.

Derived terms

References

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, ISBN 91-21-10937-0
  • Statistiska centralbyrån: 66 757 males with the given name John (compared to 5 963 named Jon) alive in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1910s. Accessed on March 29th, 2011.

john

john

See also: John

English

Noun

john (plural johns)

  1. (slang) A prostitute's client.
    • 2004, Dennis Cooper, The ****, page 233
      In the first part of the video, Thad sucks the john's cock and takes a load in his mouth.
    • 2013, McLachlin CJ, Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford (2013 SCC 72), para. 62
      In-calls, where the john comes to the prostitute’s residence, are prohibited.
  2. (slang, US) A device or place to urinate and defecate: now usually a toilet or lavatory, but also (dated) a chamber pot or outhouse.
  3. (slang) A generic term for Western men while traveling in East Asia.
  4. A male mule.

Synonyms

  • (prostitute's client): See Wikisaurus:prostitute's client
  • (device or place for urination and defecation): See Wikisaurus:chamber pot, Wikisaurus:toilet, and Wikisaurus:bathroom

Derived terms

Translations

References

  1. Adams, Cecil. "Why Do We Call It the "John"?" The Straight Dope. 18 October 1985.

Central Franconian

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old High German gān.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /jɔːn/

Verb

john (third-person singular present jeht, past tense jeng, past participle jejange)

  1. (Ripuarian) to go