- an addiction, especially to heroin.
- an intense desire; craving.
- 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
- An·son [an-suh n] /ˈæn sən/, 1798–1858, president of the Republic of Texas.
- Ca·sey [key-see] /ˈkeɪ si/, John Luther Jones, 1864–1900, U.S. locomotive engineer: folk hero of ballads, stories, and plays.
- ChuckCharles Martin Jones, 1912–2002, U.S. film animator.
- Daniel,1881–1967, English phonetician.
- Ernest,1879–1958, Welsh psychoanalyst.
- (Everett) Le·Roi [luh-roi, lee-roi] /ləˈrɔɪ, ˈli rɔɪ/, original name of Imamu Amiri Baraka.
- Henry Arthur,1851–1929, English dramatist.
- Howard Mum·ford [muhm-ferd] /ˈmʌm fərd/, 1892–1980, U.S. educator and critic.
- In·i·go [in-i-goh] /ˈɪn ɪˌgoʊ/, 1573–1652, English architect.
- John LutherCasey, 1864–1900, legendary U.S. locomotive engineer, raised in Cayce, Ky.
- John PaulJohn Paul, 1747–92, American naval commander in the Revolutionary War, born in Scotland.
- John Win·ston [win-stuh n] /ˈwɪn stən/, 1791–1848, U.S. politician: Speaker of the House 1843–45.
- Mary HarrisMother Jones, 1830–1930, U.S. labor leader, born in Ireland.
- Quincy (Delight)Q, born 1933, U.S. jazz musician, film composer and producer.
- Robert Edmond,1887–1954, U.S. set designer.
- Robert Tyre [tahyuh r] /taɪər/Bobby, 1902–71, U.S. golfer.
- Rufus Matthew,1863–1948, U.S. Quaker, teacher, author, and humanitarian.
- Sir William,1746–94, English jurist, linguist, and Sanskrit scholar.
- one's neighbors, friends, business associates, etc.: Keeping up with the Joneses has put him in debt.
Origin of Joneses
Related Words for jonesdependency, confidence, faith, belief, habit, addiction, trust, obsession, craving, credence, jones, shot, bent, bag, fixation, dependence, monkey, thing, enslavement, hang-up
Examples from the Web for jones
Contemporary Examples of jones
“I think the types of stories we do are very similar to what happened with hip-hop,” says Jones.
Jones is a veteran of another beloved-yet-controversial animated series on Adult Swim, The Boondocks.
“The golden age of Parisian smiles nurtured, and was nurtured by, the rise of dentistry as a vocation,” writes Jones.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
Jones helped her chose her first one, and she quickly learned to play.A First Lady of Punk Rock Talks
December 9, 2014
One lucky guy—see Jones, above—was paired with two perfect partners this season to shake things up.I Want to See Your Spreadsheets, Baby: MTV’s ‘Are You the One?’ Is a Mathematical Orgy
December 9, 2014
Historical Examples of jones
They said to my face that I was a beauty; at Mr. Jones's, they said I was a fright.
Why she's Cleopatra is as weird a history as why I'm Mrs. Jones.
I nearly asked for Mrs. O'Brien, but turned her into Jones at the danger point.
Also they had an idea that Mrs. Jones possessed something of which they were anxious to get hold.
Aw, he was only telegraphing to Gresham an' Jones for some sody water syrups.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- Daniel. 1881–1967, British phonetician
- Daniel. 1912–93, Welsh composer. He wrote nine symphonies and much chamber music
- David. 1895–1974, British artist and writer: his literary works, which combine poetry and prose, include In Parenthesis (1937), an account of World War I, and The Anathemata (1952)
- Digby (Marritt). Baron. born 1956, British businessman and politician; director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (2000–06); Minister of State for Trade and Investment (2007–08)
- Inigo (ˈɪnɪɡəʊ). 1573–1652, English architect and theatrical designer, who introduced Palladianism to England. His buildings include the Banqueting Hall of Whitehall. He also designed the settings for court masques, being the first to use the proscenium arch and movable scenery in England
- John Paul, original name John Paul. 1747–92, US naval commander, born in Scotland: noted for his part in the War of American Independence
- (Everett) Le Roi (ˈliːrɔɪ), Muslim name Imanu Amìri Baraka . born 1934, US Black poet, dramatist, and political figure
- Quincy. born 1933, US composer, arranger, conductor, record producer, and trumpeter, noted esp for his film scores and his collaborations in the recording studio with Michael Jackson
- Robert Tyre, known as Bobby Jones. 1902–71, US golfer: won a unique 'grand slam' in 1930 of US Open, US Amateur, British Open, and British Amateur championships
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.
see Davy Jones's locker; keep up (with the Joneses).