Johnny Reb


: a Confederate soldier

Examples of Johnny Reb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No, Caroline always contained the image of a toppled and beheaded Confederate memorial, a Johnny Reb statue turning a bilious copper green in the wet Louisiana air. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021 On a Southern Civil War monument, that soldier would be a stern Johnny Reb. The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2021 Now, the Chapmans are spearheading an effort to put a monument to the Lovings at Main Street and Commercial Place, where Johnny Reb once stood. Ryan Murphy, Washington Post, 11 July 2020 As a newcomer to Texas that year, I was flabbergasted by the students’ waving of a Confederate flag, by its spirit team name — Johnny Reb — and by the school’s Rebel mascot. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 18 June 2020

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Word History


from the name Johnny + reb rebel

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Johnny Reb was in 1862

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“Johnny Reb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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