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[johnz] /dʒoʊnz/
[an-suh n] /ˈæn sən/ (Show IPA),
1798–1858, president of the Republic of Texas.
[key-see] /ˈkeɪ si/ (Show IPA),
(John Luther Jones) 1864–1900, U.S. locomotive engineer: folk hero of ballads, stories, and plays.
Chuck (Charles Martin Jones) 1912–2002, U.S. film animator.
Daniel, 1881–1967, English phonetician.
Ernest, 1879–1958, Welsh psychoanalyst.
(Everett) LeRoi
[luh-roi,, lee-roi] /ləˈrɔɪ,, ˈli rɔɪ/ (Show IPA)
original name of Imamu Amiri Baraka.
Henry Arthur, 1851–1929, English dramatist.
Howard Mumford
[muhm-ferd] /ˈmʌm fərd/ (Show IPA),
1892–1980, U.S. educator and critic.
[in-i-goh] /ˈɪn ɪˌgoʊ/ (Show IPA),
1573–1652, English architect.
John Luther ("Casey") 1864–1900, legendary U.S. locomotive engineer, raised in Cayce, Ky.
John Paul (John Paul) 1747–92, American naval commander in the Revolutionary War, born in Scotland.
John Winston
[win-stuh n] /ˈwɪn stən/ (Show IPA),
1791–1848, U.S. politician: Speaker of the House 1843–45.
Mary Harris ("Mother Jones") 1830–1930, U.S. labor leader, born in Ireland.
Quincy (Delight) ("Q") born 1933, U.S. jazz musician, film composer and producer.
Robert Edmond, 1887–1954, U.S. set designer.
Robert Tyre
[tahyuh r] /taɪər/ (Show IPA),
("Bobby") 1902–71, U.S. golfer.
Rufus Matthew, 1863–1948, U.S. Quaker, teacher, author, and humanitarian.
Sir William, 1746–94, English jurist, linguist, and Sanskrit scholar. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for casey jones
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  • "If it had been casey jones now—" he began, but something in my face stopped him.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • Then a neighbor boy came down the sidewalk outside her window, singing "casey jones" as if he hadn't a care in the world.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • The buster had christened him casey jones, after the celebrated engineer, because of the desperate quality of his courage.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • Time and again casey jones leaped straight into the air and turned back under his rider.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • So furiously did casey jones pitch—squalling through his gaping mouth at every jump—that one of his hoofs was split in two.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • At last casey jones stopped, his legs wide apart, his head drooped and his breath whistling.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
British Dictionary definitions for casey jones


Daniel. 1881–1967, British phonetician
Daniel. 1912–93, Welsh composer. He wrote nine symphonies and much chamber music
David. 1895–1974, British artist and writer: his literary works, which combine poetry and prose, include In Parenthesis (1937), an account of World War I, and The Anathemata (1952)
Digby (Marritt). Baron. born 1956, British businessman and politician; director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (2000–06); Minister of State for Trade and Investment (2007–08)
Inigo (ˈɪnɪɡəʊ). 1573–1652, English architect and theatrical designer, who introduced Palladianism to England. His buildings include the Banqueting Hall of Whitehall. He also designed the settings for court masques, being the first to use the proscenium arch and movable scenery in England
John Paul, original name John Paul. 1747–92, US naval commander, born in Scotland: noted for his part in the War of American Independence
(Everett) Le Roi (ˈliːrɔɪ), Muslim name Imanu Amìri Baraka. born 1934, US Black poet, dramatist, and political figure
Quincy. born 1933, US composer, arranger, conductor, record producer, and trumpeter, noted esp for his film scores and his collaborations in the recording studio with Michael Jackson
Robert Tyre, known as Bobby Jones. 1902–71, US golfer: won a unique 'grand slam' in 1930 of US Open, US Amateur, British Open, and British Amateur championships
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Word Origin and History for casey jones


surname, literally "John's (child);" see John. Phrase keep up with the Joneses (1913, American English) is from the title of a comic strip by Arthur R. Momand. The slang sense "intense desire, addiction" (1968) probably arose from earlier use of Jones as a synonym for "heroin," presumably from the proper name, but the connection, if any, is obscure. Related: Jonesing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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casey jones in Medicine

jones (jōnz)

  1. Heroin.

  2. An addiction, especially to heroin.

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casey jones in Culture

“Casey Jones” definition

A popular American song from the early twentieth century, about an actual American railway engineer, John Luther (“Casey”) Jones. When his train was about to crash, Casey told his assistant to jump but stayed at the controls himself and applied the brakes. Although his train crashed and Casey was killed, the passengers survived.

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Slang definitions & phrases for casey jones



  1. Heroin; horse, shit
  2. A drug habit: works at two jobs to keep up with the ''Jones''
  3. Any intense interest or absorption: The twenty-something elite definitely has a jones for Jones


: She's jonesing for those diamond earrings

Related Terms

johnson, scag jones

[1960s+ Narcotics; origin unknown; perhaps an innocent code word used by addicts and dealers]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with casey jones
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