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john

[jon] /dʒɒn/
noun, Slang.
1.
a toilet or bathroom.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a fellow; guy.
3.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a prostitute's customer.
Origin of john
generic use of the proper name

John

[jon] /dʒɒn/
noun
1.
the apostle John, believed to be the author of the fourth Gospel, three Epistles, and the book of Revelation.
3.
(John Lackland) 1167?–1216, king of England 1199–1216; signer of the Magna Carta 1215 (son of Henry II of England).
4.
Augustus Edwin, 1878–1961, British painter and etcher.
5.
Elton (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) born 1947, English rock singer, pianist, and songwriter.
6.
the fourth Gospel.
7.
any of the three Epistles of John: I, II, or III John.
8.
a male given name.
Origin
Middle English John, Johan, Jon < Medieval Latin Jō(h)annēs < Greek Iōánnēs < Hebrew Yōhānān, derivative of Yehōhānān God has been gracious

Barleycorn

[bahr-lee-kawrn] /ˈbɑr liˌkɔrn/
noun
1.

John I

noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. 526, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 523–526.
2.
("the Great") 1357–1433, king of Portugal 1385–1433.

John II

noun
1.
(Mercurius) died a.d. 535, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 533–535.

John III

noun
1.
(Catelinus) died a.d. 574, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 561–574.
2.
(John Sobieski) 1624–96, king of Poland 1674–96.

John IV

noun
1.
died a.d. 642, pope 640–642.

John V

noun
1.
died a.d. 686, pope 685–686.

John VI

noun
1.
died a.d. 705, Greek ecclesiastic: pope 701–705.

John VII

noun
1.
died a.d. 707, Greek ecclesiastic: pope 705–707.

John VIII

noun
1.
died a.d. 882, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 872–882.

John IX

noun
1.
died a.d. 900, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 898–900.

John X

noun
1.
died a.d. 929? Italian ecclesiastic: pope 914–928.

John XI

noun
1.
died a.d. 936, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 931–936.

John XII

noun
1.
(Octavian) died a.d. 964, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 955–964.

John XIII

noun
1.
died a.d. 972, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 965–972.

John XIV

noun
1.
died a.d. 984, pope 983–984.

John XV

noun
1.
died a.d. 996, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 985–996.

John XVII

noun
1.
(Sicco) died 1003, pope 1003.

John XVIII

noun
1.
(Fasanus) died 1009, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1003–09.

John XIX

noun
1.
died 1032, pope 1024–32.

John XXI

noun
1.
(Petrus Hispanus) died 1277, Portuguese ecclesiastic: pope 1276–77.

John XXII

noun
1.
(Jacques Duèse) c1244–1334, French ecclesiastic: pope 1316–34.

John XXIII

noun
1.
(Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli) 1881–1963, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1958–63.
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john

/dʒɒn/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) a slang word for lavatory (sense 1)
2.
(slang, mainly US) a prostitute's client
3.
(Austral, slang) short for John Hop
Word Origin
C20: special use of the proper name

John

/dʒɒn/
noun
1.
(New Testament)
  1. the apostle John, the son of Zebedee, identified with the author of the fourth Gospel, three epistles, and the book of Revelation. Feast day: Dec 27 or Sept 26
  2. the fourth Gospel
  3. any of three epistles (in full The First, Second, and Third Epistles of John)
3.
known as John Lackland. 1167–1216, king of England (1199–1216); son of Henry II. He succeeded to the throne on the death of his brother Richard I, having previously tried to usurp the throne. War with France led to the loss of most of his French possessions. After his refusal to recognize Stephen Langton as archbishop of Canterbury an interdict was imposed on England (1208–14). In 1215 he was compelled by the barons to grant the Magna Carta
4.
called the Fearless. 1371–1419, duke of Burgundy (1404–19). His attempt to control the mad king Charles VI and his murder of the king's brother led to civil war: assassinated
5.
Augustus (Edwin). 1878–1961, British painter, esp of portraits
6.
Barry born 1945, Welsh Rugby Union footballer: halfback for Wales (1966–72) and the British Lions (1968–71)
7.
Sir Elton (Hercules). original name Reginald Dwight. born 1947, British rock pianist, composer, and singer; his hits include "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" (1973) and "Candle in the Wind 1997" (1997), a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales
8.
Gwen, sister of Augustus John. 1876–1939, British painter, working in France: noted esp for her portraits of women

barleycorn

/ˈbɑːlɪˌkɔːn/
noun
1.
a grain of barley, or barley itself
2.
an obsolete unit of length equal to one third of an inch

John I

noun
1.
surnamed Tzimisces. 925–976 ad, Byzantine emperor (969–976): extended Byzantine power into Bulgaria and Syria
2.
called the Great. 1357–1433, king of Portugal (1385–1433). He secured independence for Portugal by his victory over Castile (1385) and initiated Portuguese overseas expansion

John II

noun
1.
called the Good. 1319–64, king of France (1350–64): captured by the English at Poitiers (1356) and forced to sign treaties (1360) surrendering SW France to England
2.
called the Perfect. 1455–95, king of Portugal (1481–95): sponsored Portuguese expansion in the New World and reduced the power of the aristocracy
3.
surnamed Casimir Vasa. 1609–72, king of Poland (1648–68), who lost much territory to neighbouring countries: abdicated

John III

noun
1.
1507–57, king of Portugal (1521–57): his reign saw the expansion of the Portuguese empire overseas but the start of economic decline at home
2.
surnamed Sobieski. 1624–96, king of Poland (1674–96). He raised the Turkish siege of Vienna (1683)

John IV

noun
1.
called the Fortunate. 1604–56, king of Portugal (1640–56). As duke of Braganza he led a revolt against Spanish rule and became king: lost most of Portugal's Asian possessions to the Dutch

John VI

noun
1.
?1769–1826, king of Portugal (1816–26): recognized the independence of Brazil (1825)

John XXII

noun
1.
original name Jacques Duèse. ?1244–1334, pope (1316–34), residing at Avignon; involved in a long conflict with the Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV and opposed the Franciscan Spirituals

John XXIII

noun
1.
original name Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. 1881–1963, pope (1958–63). He promoted ecumenism and world peace and summoned the second Vatican Council (1962–65)
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Word Origin and History for john

John

masc. proper name, mid-12c., from Medieval Latin Johannes, from Late Latin Joannes, from Greek Ioannes, from Hebrew Yohanan (longer form y'hohanan) literally "Jehovah has favored," from hanan "he was gracious."

As the name of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, it was one of the most common Christian given names, and in England by early 14c. it rivaled William in popularity. The Old French form was Jean, but in England its variants Johan, Jehan yielded Jan, Jen (cf. surname Jensen). Welsh form was Ieuan (see Evan), but Ioan was adopted for the Welsh Authorized Version of the Bible, hence frequency of Jones as a Welsh surname.

n.

"toilet," 1932, probably from jakes, used for "toilet" since 15c. Meaning "prostitute's customer" is from 1911, probably from the common, and thus anonymous, name by which they identified themselves. Meaning "policeman" is 1858, from shortening of johndarm, jocular anglicization of gendarme.

barleycorn

n.

late 14c., from barley + corn (n.). Perhaps to distinguish the barley plant or the grain from its products. In Britain and U.S., the grain is used mainly to prepare liquor, hence personification as John Barleycorn (1620) in popular ballad, and many now-obsolete figures of speech, e.g. to wear a barley cap (16c.) "to be drunk."

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Slang definitions & phrases for john

john 1

noun

A toilet; can: I made a brief visit to the john

[1930s+; probably an amusing euphemism for jack or jakes, 16th-century terms for toilet; some say fr Sir John Harington (1561–1612), who originated a form of water closet, but evidence for the attribution is lacking; cuzjohn, ''cousin john,'' in the same sense is found in 1735]

john 2

noun

An Army lieutenant (WWII Army)

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first john

john

noun

  1. Any man; an average man; joe: We don't want no poor johns on here (1920s+ Black)
  2. A man regarded as an easy victim, a potential easy sale, etc: He's pretty smart at figurin' out what a John'll pay (1946+)
  3. An Army recruit (1940s+ Army)
  4. A man who keeps a girl; daddy, sugar daddy (1950s+)
  5. (also johnson) A prostitute's customer: even for girls turning their first tricks, pulling their first real John/ shot an 18-year-old hooker then plugged a john who was present (1911+ Prostitutes)
  6. An older homosexual male who keeps a younger one (1950s+ Homosexuals)
  7. john law

Related Terms

big john, dear john, square john

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