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What does jawn mean?

Jawn is Philadelphia slang for anything … literally anything.

Jawn is used as an all encompassing substitute for any person, place, or thing. Like this definition, an informative jawn.

Related words:

  • doodad
  • someshit
  • thingamajig
  • whatever

Where does jawn come from?

Examples of jawn

Zombie movie based in Philly "JAWN OF THE DEAD"
@theRegularDead, June, 2018
Check out this jawn: The Nationals are 10-4 against Philadelphia this season.
Scott Allen, The Washington Post, August, 2016
We don't need a dictionary telling us what we already know to be true: Jawn is a versatile jawn.
@PhiladelphiaGov, October, 2017

Who uses jawn?

Need to refer to something? A girl? A movie? Really, anything? Well, if you’re from Philadelphia, you may just use the every-word jawn.

We like our regional identities, so it’s no surprise that folks from Philly take pride in jawn.

Philadelphians have a sense of humor about their jawn, though, and may joke about its use—or overuse.

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