Origin of Joneses
Definition for joneses (2 of 3)
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
verb (used without object)
Definition for joneses (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for joneses
Now I think people just make them to keep up with the Joneses.So You Want to be a Porn Star? Inside the Sex Tape Phenomenon|Aurora Snow|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I try to use a lot of the old words where I can, just one of my joneses.Poet of the Ozarks: Daniel Woodrell on His New Book and Life|Allen Barra|July 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Enid, where the Joneses live and farm on 3,000 acres, sits in the middle part of the state.Oklahoma Farmers Find Ways to Cope While Waiting for Drought to End|Malcolm Jones|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
At the Los Angeles press conference for her new comic indie drama The Joneses last week, Moore, 47, looked great.
By railroading the McDonnells and Joneses of the world out of public life, we're left with colorless numbskulls.
There were even days when the Joneses questioned whether they were not running a public telephone, so often did the bell ring.
Some of the Tilburys are down with it, Nancy, and some of the Joneses.Girls of the True Blue|L. T. Meade
The Joneses have got the two old Miss Singleweeds staying with them.
Let me have that sum of five hundred pounds, and I will always take your part against the Joneses.The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson|Anthony Trollope
Meanwhile the Smiths, Robinsons, and Joneses are having their holiday where they will.Wings and the Child|E. [Edith] Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for joneses
Word Origin and History for joneses
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.
Idioms and Phrases with joneses
see Davy Jones's locker; keep up (with the Joneses).