long johns

noun (used with a plural verb) Informal.

long underwear, especially for winter use.

Nearby words

  1. long iron,
  2. long island,
  3. long island iced tea,
  4. long island sound,
  5. long jenny,
  6. long jump,
  7. long jumper,
  8. long lease,
  9. long leg,
  10. long list

Origin of long johns

First recorded in 1940–45

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British Dictionary definitions for long johns

long johns

pl n

informal underpants with long legs
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Word Origin and History for long johns

long johns


type of warm underwear, 1943, originally for U.S. GIs. By 1919 as a type of pastry. Long john also was used of various sorts of worm, potato, sled, etc.

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