Johnny Reb


noun Informal.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for johnny reb

Historical Examples of 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!

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • That day, too, Gram had "mug-bread," and for supper pones made into Johnny-reb toast.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for johnny reb

Johnny Reb


US informal (in the American Civil War) a Confederate soldier

Word Origin for Johnny Reb

C19: from rebel (n)
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