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john

[ jon ]
/ dʒɒn /
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noun Slang.

a toilet or bathroom.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a fellow; guy.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a prostitute's customer.
Also called john mule . a male mule, or more properly a gelded mule.Compare horse mule.

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Origin of john

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English Johan, Iohan, John; generic use of the proper name

Definition for john (2 of 2)

John
[ jon ]
/ dʒɒn /

noun

Origin of John

Middle English John, Johan, Jon, from Medieval Latin Jō(h)annēs, from Greek Iōánnēs, from Hebrew Yōhānān, derivative of Yehōhānān “God has been gracious”
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British Dictionary definitions for john (1 of 2)

john
/ (dʒɒn) /

noun

mainly US and Canadian a slang word for lavatory (def. 1)
slang, mainly US a prostitute's client
Australian slang short for John Hop

Word Origin for john

C20: special use of the proper name

British Dictionary definitions for john (2 of 2)

John
/ (dʒɒn) /

noun

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