or John·nie-come-late·ly

[ jon-ee-kuhm-leyt-lee ]
/ ˈdʒɒn iˌkʌmˈleɪt li /

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for johnny-come-lately


noun plural Johnny-come-latelies or Johnnies-come-lately

a brash newcomer, novice, or recruit
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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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