John·​ny-come-late·​ly ˈjä-nē-(ˌ)kəm-ˈlāt-lē How to pronounce Johnny-come-lately (audio)
plural Johnny-come-latelies or Johnnies-come-lately
: a late or recent arrival : newcomer
: upstart
established families tend to hold themselves above the Johnny-come-lateliesWilliam Zeckendorf †1976

Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Johnny-come-lately was in 1839

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“Johnny-come-lately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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