or John·nie-come-late·ly

[ jon-ee-kuhm-leyt-lee ]

noun,plural John·ny-come-late·lies, John·nies-come-late·ly.
  1. 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

Words Nearby Johnny-come-lately Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Johnny-come-lately in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Johnny-come-lately


nounplural Johnny-come-latelies or Johnnies-come-lately
  1. a brash newcomer, novice, or recruit

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Other Idioms and Phrases with Johnny-come-lately


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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