- a late arrival or participant; newcomer: the Johnny-come-latelies producing space-war films after the trend had ended.
Origin of Johnny-come-lately
First recorded in 1825–35; from the proper name Johnny
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Related Words for johnny-come-latelyoutsider, stranger, foreigner, novice, beginner, immigrant, neophyte, rookie, latecomer, arrival, tenderfoot, settler, novitiate, alien, maverick, colt, greenhorn, amateur, tyro, Johnny-come-lately
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For the record, Huckabee is no Johnny-come-lately to the cause of overhauling the tax system.Huckabee: ‘A Tax Is Punishment’
September 29, 2014
- a brash newcomer, novice, or recruit
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A newcomer, as in She may be a Johnny-come-lately on the board, but she's doing a fine job with publicity. [1830s]
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