Main definitions of john in English

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John1

proper noun

  • (1165–1216), son of Henry II, king of England 1199–1216; known as John Lackland. He lost most of his French possessions, including Normandy, to Phillip II of France. In 1209 he was excommunicated for refusing to accept Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury. Forced to sign Magna Carta by his barons (1215), he ignored its provisions and civil war broke out.

Pronunciation:

John

/dʒɒn/

Main definitions of john in English

: John1John2

John2

proper noun

  • 1The name of six kings of Portugal.

    1. 1.1John I(1357–1433), reigned 1385–1433; known as John the Great. Reinforced by an English army, he defeated the Castilians at Aljubarrota (1385), winning independence for Portugal.
    2. 1.2John II(1455–95), reigned 1481–95.
    3. 1.3John III(1502–57), reigned 1521–57.
    4. 1.4John IV(1604–56), reigned 1640–56; known as John the Fortunate. The founder of the Braganza dynasty, he expelled a Spanish usurper and proclaimed himself king.
    5. 1.5John V(1689–1750), reigned 1706–50.
    6. 1.6John VI(1767–1826), reigned 1816–26.

Pronunciation:

John

/dʒɒn/

Main definitions of john in English

: John1John2

john

noun

informal
  • 1North American A toilet.

    ‘you have to walk across the stage to get to the john’
    • ‘Every one of the eight guest rooms has its own john and shower, and there's a raised open-air common kitchen and sitting room.’
    • ‘He told me that he was going to the john and left me alone in the control room.’
    • ‘Are we supposed to be proud of them for using the portable john?’
    • ‘I can get that kind of stuff a lot more efficiently by browsing the WSJ ‘Personal Journal’ section when I'm in the john.’
    • ‘All of us happy to be there, with or without food or showers or johns.’
    • ‘Jets owner Leon Hess felt the city parks department, which operated Shea Stadium, did not provide enough portable johns for fans tailgating in the parking lot before games.’
    • ‘The Mississippi also had trough type urinals and unwalled johns in the heads, and salt water showers.’
    • ‘The cab has two beds, a john, VCR, DVD, Playstation, and who knows what else.’
    • ‘Hey don't worry, I've seen more people puking in the john than I want to admit.’
    • ‘Other symbolism occurs as well, such as almost all the johns being named John, along with the star and two other characters.’
    • ‘‘I actually had a guy standing under my bathroom window one day while I'm sitting on the john,’ Monica says.’
    lavatory, wc, water closet, facilities, urinal, privy, latrine, outhouse, earth closet, jakes
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  • 2A prostitute's client.

    ‘the hooker who opens her soul to her john’
    • ‘Although they want to keep prostitutes out of jail, the panellists couldn't say the same for pimps and johns.’
    • ‘I'll agree to legalising prostitutes if they have big markers placed on them, so the johns and regular people will know who they are.’
    • ‘Despite the widespread belief of my older johns that all prostitutes were lesbians and vice versa, I found little overlap of those two communities.’
    • ‘The Saloon Madam sings and the whores seem to really love their johns.’
    • ‘The answer seems to depend on who is being scrutinised - the prostitute or the john.’
    • ‘Hookers, johns, drunks, drug dealers and police are familiar sights in this area, which has seven schools within a two-block radius.’
    • ‘The johns that call are then warned of the future consequences of such behaviour.’
    • ‘There are memoirs by teenage prostitutes, but not johns.’
    • ‘Back in the car he tells me she's a prostitute and that was her john and she's using her pad for tricks.’
    • ‘The real enemies, for Ross, aren't the johns or the violent clients, or even the police, but feminists and government aid staff.’
    • ‘‘And here,’ Michael Walters says with the quiet weariness of a veteran tour guide, ‘is where they often take their johns.’’
    • ‘I refused to see my john any more, but after a five-year relationship (so to speak), he did not take my ‘no’ seriously.’
    • ‘She could go out, do things, and return home when a john called.’
    • ‘The list, part newsletter, part community event forum, contains descriptions of johns to be avoided.’
    • ‘This guy hangs out on the street with his video camera, and when he sees a prostitute pick up a john, he follows them and gets it on tape.’
    • ‘You are like the prostitute that hates herself in the morning and yet goes out the next night to take the rich johns ' money.’
    • ‘City officials are considering a ‘red light district’ pilot project where adult hookers could openly solicit - though their johns could still be arrested.’
    • ‘I knew which johns had good food, and I would go with the ones that fed me well, not the ones offering the speedball.’
    • ‘However, johns or even pimps were never the men I feared most.’
    • ‘Some women are afraid to walk the streets of their own neighbourhood for fear of being harassed by johns in passing cars.’
    customer, client, kerb-crawler
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Origin

Early 20th century (in john): from the given name John, used from late Middle English as a form of address to a man, or to denote various occupations, including that of priest (late Middle English) and policeman (mid 17th century).

Pronunciation:

john

/dʒɒn/