[ johnz ]
/ dʒoʊnz /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

an addiction, especially to heroin.
an intense desire; craving.

verb (used without object)

to have an intense desire for a drug, as during withdrawal (sometimes followed by for or out); I’ve been clean and sober for a week, but I’m still jonesing for a fix.
to have a craving for something or someone (sometimes followed by for or out): I'm jonesing out on a toasted onion bagel.Fans of the series were jonesing to get the sequel.

Origin of jones

1965–70; origin uncertain; perhaps from the family name Jones, or from “keeping up with the Joneses,” or from Great Jones Alley in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, frequented by drug addicts

Definition for jones (2 of 3)


[ johnz ]
/ dʒoʊnz /


Definition for jones (3 of 3)


[ john-ziz ]
/ ˈdʒoʊn zɪz /

plural noun

one's neighbors, friends, business associates, etc.: Keeping up with the Joneses has put him in debt.

Origin of Joneses

First recorded in 1925–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jones


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Word Origin and History for jones


surname, literally "John's (child);" see John. Phrase keep up with the Joneses (1913, American English) is from the title of a comic strip by Arthur R. Momand. The slang sense "intense desire, addiction" (1968) probably arose from earlier use of Jones as a synonym for "heroin," presumably from the proper name, but the connection, if any, is obscure. Related: Jonesing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with jones


see Davy Jones's locker; keep up (with the Joneses).

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