Main definitions of john in US English:

: john1John2John3

john1

noun

informal
  • 1North American A toilet.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can get that kind of stuff a lot more efficiently by browsing the WSJ ‘Personal Journal’ section when I'm in the john.’
    • ‘Are we supposed to be proud of them for using the portable john?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Mississippi also had trough type urinals and unwalled johns in the heads, and salt water showers.’
    • ‘All of us happy to be there, with or without food or showers or johns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I actually had a guy standing under my bathroom window one day while I'm sitting on the john,’ Monica says.’
    • ‘The cab has two beds, a john, VCR, DVD, Playstation, and who knows what else.’
    lavatory, wc, water closet, convenience, public convenience, facilities, urinal, privy, latrine, outhouse, earth closet, jakes
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  • 2A prostitute's client.

    • ‘I refused to see my john any more, but after a five-year relationship (so to speak), he did not take my ‘no’ seriously.’
    • ‘City officials are considering a ‘red light district’ pilot project where adult hookers could openly solicit - though their johns could still be arrested.’
    • ‘There are memoirs by teenage prostitutes, but not johns.’
    • ‘Some women are afraid to walk the streets of their own neighbourhood for fear of being harassed by johns in passing cars.’
    • ‘Back in the car he tells me she's a prostitute and that was her john and she's using her pad for tricks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The list, part newsletter, part community event forum, contains descriptions of johns to be avoided.’
    • ‘You are like the prostitute that hates herself in the morning and yet goes out the next night to take the rich johns ' money.’
    • ‘However, johns or even pimps were never the men I feared most.’
    • ‘She could go out, do things, and return home when a john called.’
    • ‘The real enemies, for Ross, aren't the johns or the violent clients, or even the police, but feminists and government aid staff.’
    • ‘Although they want to keep prostitutes out of jail, the panellists couldn't say the same for pimps and johns.’
    • ‘The Saloon Madam sings and the whores seem to really love their johns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘And here,’ Michael Walters says with the quiet weariness of a veteran tour guide, ‘is where they often take their johns.’’
    • ‘I knew which johns had good food, and I would go with the ones that fed me well, not the ones offering the speedball.’
    • ‘The answer seems to depend on who is being scrutinised - the prostitute or the john.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite the widespread belief of my older johns that all prostitutes were lesbians and vice versa, I found little overlap of those two communities.’
    customer, client, kerb-crawler
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Origin

Early 20th century (in john (sense 2)): 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

/dʒɑn//jän/

Main definitions of john in US English:

: john1John2John3

John2

proper noun

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

Pronunciation

John

/jän//dʒɑn/

Main definitions of john in US English:

: john1John2John3

John3

proper noun

  • 1The name of six kings of Portugal.

    1. 1.1 John I (1357–1433), reigned 1385–1433; known as John the Great. Reinforced by an English army, he defeated the Castilians at Aljubarrota in 1385 and won independence for Portugal.
    2. 1.2 John II (1455–95), reigned 1481–95.
    3. 1.3 John III (1502–57), reigned 1521–57.
    4. 1.4 John 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. 1.5 John V (1689–1750), reigned 1706–50.
    6. 1.6 John VI (1767–1826), reigned 1816–26.

Pronunciation

John

/jän//dʒɑn/