Definition of jones in English:



  • A fixation on or compulsive desire for someone or something, typically a drug; an addiction.

    ‘a two-year amphetamine jones’
    • ‘The jones, the real smack was not the chemicals themselves, but the euphoria of the endless possibilities set off by the acquisition of the substance.’
    • ‘Satisfying your superhero jones can be tough when you're a comix snob like me.’
    • ‘So if you have a jones to live like a virtual Skywalker, and can get over the steep learning curve the game presents, and resign yourself to a fairly equal ratio of adventuring to downtime, Star Wars Galaxies can be great.’
    • ‘Of course, like any good addiction, my jones for television came back.’
    • ‘Seriously, this site has provoked my writerly instincts and definitely fed my Cyke jones.’
    • ‘I surf reasonably well, and a big day here in Southern Cal is enough to typically satisfy any jones I might have for a long drop-in.’
    • ‘That must have been some oxycontin jones he had.’
    • ‘When combined with protein powder and berries, this combo can eliminate your daffy java jones.’
    • ‘My four-year-old son has developed a healthy gaming jones.’
    • ‘If you have a jones to get your kid into a dog named after a dog that you used to like 100 years ago, then this is the film for you.’
    dependency, dependence, craving, habit, weakness, compulsion, fixation, enslavement
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  • Have a fixation on; be addicted to.

    ‘Palmer was jonesing for some coke again’
    • ‘Just because there is a lot of ignorant, uneducated, unmotivated Bahamians jonesing on the streets of New Providence, doesn't mean that it has to be that way.’
    • ‘Of course, one of the cool rules Jefferson was jonesing for was freedom of speech, a right that, evidently, Mr. Penn believes should apply to only individuals of the same philosophical bent as himself.’
    • ‘We had been jonesing for some authentic southern fried chicken, so Semper Fi went with Chris ‘Nitro’ McNerney to Dodge's.’
    • ‘Everytime Lefties are deprived of power for any length of time at all, they start jonesing for it and get these sorts of D.T.s and hallucinations of an imminent totalitarian dawn.’
    • ‘Be honest, you've known for a while that Foster's been jonesing on you.’
    • ‘But I'm jonesing for New York's energy and all that.’
    • ‘Although an hour in the dentist office whitening chair isn't much to spare, the thought of dealing with the 24-hour kibosh on caffeine and other stain producing substances keeps us jonesing for an iced trippio, presto.’
    • ‘Since generations of juniors will be jonesing for this film, there is really nothing negative this critic can say to dissuade you from potential ownership.’
    • ‘If all the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter hype has you jonesing for some sci-fi or fantasy with a gay flavor, the Web can help you find it.’
    • ‘So you have this Steven Spielberg movie that opened last Friday: The Terminal, about an Eastern European immigrant who winds up stateless and homeless, living in an airport and jonesing for the incomparable Catherine Zeta-Jones.’
    • ‘If the process is so… well… kind of gross… why, then, have people been jonesing for honey for tens of thousands of years?’
    • ‘When the weather starts to cool here and I'm jonesing for Manhattan Beach, I'll be visiting her palmtree-lined, azure-tinted Pacific Ocean musings even more.’
    • ‘I was jonesing for it as much as they wanted it for me.’
    • ‘And as for the sweets thing, he must be jonesing for a candy bar big time, by now.’
    • ‘Well, I'm jonesing for NOLA so bad right now, I just had lunch at Copeland's.’
    • ‘At any given time of day, junkies line up inside, jonesing for their over-the-counter drugs.’
    • ‘If you think that all of the other neo-realist European art films about forgiveness and parental grief weren't enough, and you were jonesing for one more, this is the movie for you.’
    • ‘Aside from constantly bagging out Cameron Diaz and publicly jonesing for a Spears wedding, she was involved with this gem.’
    • ‘You'll be hearing plenty on the subject from me in the next few days, but in case you're left jonesing for more, check out our Social Security Archive.’
    • ‘But more than that, free agents jonesing for some camaraderie get all the fun of a workplace that is free of office politics, brownnosing, and, of course, the dreaded boss.’


1960s: said to come from Jones Alley, in Manhattan, associated with drug addicts.