- one's neighbors, friends, business associates, etc.: Keeping up with the Joneses has put him in debt.
Origin of Joneses
- 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.
Related Words for jonesesdependency, 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 joneses
Contemporary Examples of 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
July 19, 2014
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
July 7, 2013
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
October 3, 2012
At the Los Angeles press conference for her new comic indie drama The Joneses last week, Moore, 47, looked great.What Happened to Demi?
April 15, 2010
By railroading the McDonnells and Joneses of the world out of public life, we're left with colorless numbskulls.Leave Van Jones Alone
September 8, 2009
Historical Examples of joneses
I marched off, with all the blood of the Joneses tingling in my veins.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
She had been to the Rectory, to call on the Joneses, she told him.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann
You're the kind—I knew there must be people like you, because I knew the Joneses.Free Air
Some of the Tilburys are down with it, Nancy, and some of the Joneses.Girls of the True Blue
L. T. Meade
The Joneses is havin him come every other day, so the Wynneses is doin the same.Through Welsh Doorways
Jeannette Augustus Marks
- 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).