- U.S. History. a Confederate soldier.
- a native or inhabitant of the southern U.S., especially of one of the former Confederate states; southerner.
Origin of Johnny Reb
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for johnny reb
As a hungry boy I used sometimes to think that pones and "Johnny-reb toast" were pretty nearly worth the War to us!
That day, too, Gram had "mug-bread," and for supper pones made into Johnny-reb toast.
- US informal (in the American Civil War) a Confederate soldier
C19: from rebel (n)
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