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noun Scot.
  1. jo.


noun Slang.
  1. coffee.

Origin of joe2

First recorded in 1840–50; of uncertain origin


  1. (sometimes lowercase) Informal. fellow; guy: the average Joe who works for a living.
  2. Informal. a personification of a typical, often unprepossessing representative of an occupation, personality trait, state of being, etc., that is expressed, sometimes metonymically, as a mock surname: Joe Lunchbucket working hard at some factory and paying his taxes year after year; political con artists relying on the gullibility of Joe Schmo.
  3. a male given name, form of Joseph.


or joe

noun, plural joes. Scot.
  1. beloved one; darling; sweetheart.

Origin of jo

First recorded in 1520–30; variant of joy


  1. Joseph, Jr.Joe, born 1956, U.S. football player.
  2. a state in the NW United States. 147,138 sq. mi. (381,085 sq. km). Capital: Helena. Abbreviation: MT (for use with zip code), Mont.
Related formsMon·tan·an, adjective, noun


  1. Alvan,1804–87, and his son Alvan Graham, 1832–97, U.S. astronomers and telescope-lens manufacturers.
  2. Champ [champ] /tʃæmp/, James Beauchamp, 1850–1921, U.S. political leader: Speaker of the House 1911–19.
  3. (Charles) JosephJoe, born 1939, Canadian political leader: prime minister 1979–80.
  4. George Rogers,1752–1818, U.S. soldier.
  5. John Bates [beyts] /beɪts/, 1847–1938, U.S. economist and educator.
  6. Kenneth B(ancroft),1914–2005, U.S. psychologist and educator, born in the Panama Canal Zone.
  7. Sir Kenneth McKenzie, Baron Clark of Salt·wood [sawlt-woo d] /ˈsɔltˌwʊd/, 1903–83, English art historian.
  8. Mark Wayne,1896–1984, U.S. general.
  9. Thomas CampbellTom, 1899–1977, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1949–67.
  10. Walter Van Til·burg [van til-berg] /væn ˈtɪl bərg/, 1909–71, U.S. author.
  11. William,1770–1838, U.S. soldier and explorer (brother of George R. Clark): on expedition with Meriwether Lewis 1804–06.
  12. a male given name: a surname, ultimately derived from clerk.


[duh-mah-jee-oh, -maj-ee-oh]
  1. Joseph PaulJoeJoltin' Joe, 1914–1999, U.S. baseball player.


  1. E(dward) Franklin,1894–1962, U.S. sociologist.
  2. Joseph WilliamJoeSmokin' Joe, 1944–2011, U.S. boxer.
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Examples from the Web for joe

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Joe saw that there was no help for him, and that for the time he must submit.

  • Sixty fathom of two-inch chain, and old Joe talks about parting.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • There was a snarl; Jeff had Joe by the throat, and Joe was reaching for his gun.

  • The leader had gone with Joe Clune straight for the front car.

  • She sought to oust them by thinking of any one else, of Aggie, of Joe.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for joe


noun (sometimes not capital) slang
  1. US and Canadian a man or fellow
  2. US a GI; soldier


  1. Helen. born 1950, New Zealand Labour politician; prime minister (1999–2008); administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2009
  2. James, known as Jim. 1936–68, Scottish racing driver; World Champion (1963, 1965)
  3. Kenneth, Baron Clark of Saltwood. 1903–83, English art historian: his books include Civilization (1969), which he first presented as a television series
  4. William. 1770–1838, US explorer and frontiersman: best known for his expedition to the Pacific Northwest (1804–06) with Meriwether Lewis


  1. Joe. 1914–99, US baseball player


  1. Joe . 1944–2011, US boxer: won the world heavyweight title in 1970 and was the first to beat Muhammad Ali professionally (1971)



noun plural joes
  1. a Scot word for sweetheart

Word Origin

C16: alteration of joy


the internet domain name for
  1. Jordan


  1. a state of the western US: consists of the Great Plains in the east and the Rocky Mountains in the west. Capital: Helena. Pop: 917 621 (2003 est). Area: 377 070 sq km (145 587 sq miles)Abbreviation: Mont, (with zip code) MT


  1. Joe. born 1958, American football quarterback
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Word Origin and History for joe


"coffee," by 1941, perhaps late 1930s, of unknown origin. Meaning "generic fellow, man" is from 1846, from the pet-form of Joseph (q.v.). Joe college "typical college man" is from 1932. Joe Blow "average fellow" is U.S. military slang, first recorded 1941.


surname, from common Middle English alternative spelling of clerk (n.). In many early cases it is used of men who had taken minor orders.


U.S. state, from Latinized form of Spanish montaña "mountain," from Latin mont-, stem of mons (see mountain). Proposed 1864 by U.S. Rep. James H. Ashley of Ohio when it was created as a territory from Nebraska Territory, in reference to the Rocky Mountains, which however traverse only one end of it. Admitted as a state 1889. Related: Montanan.


Scottish form of joy, attested from 1520s as a term of endearment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

joe in Culture


State in the northwestern United States, lying partly in the Rocky Mountains, bordered by British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, Canada, to the north; North Dakota and South Dakota to the east; Wyoming to the south; and Idaho to the west. Its capital is Helena, and its largest city is Billings.

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