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Slang definitions & phrases for jaboney



  1. A newly arrived immigrant; a naive person; greenhorn: Vinny, you're a real jibone, you know that?
  2. A hoodlum; thug; gorilla: He had a couple of his jiboneys with him
  3. A frequent television guest expert: ''Nightline'' is desperate for a jaboney tonight. They tried for Kissinger (1990s+ Television)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr Italian dialect giappone, literally ''a Japanese,'' but extended to any strange-or foreign-looking person]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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