Johnny-come-lately

noun John·ny-come-late·ly \ ˈjä-nē-(ˌ)kəm-ˈlāt-lē \

Definition of Johnny-come-lately

plural Johnny-come-latelies or Johnnies-come-lately
1 :a late or recent arrival :newcomer
2 :upstart
  • established families tend to hold themselves above the Johnny-come-latelies
  • —William Zeckendorf †1976

First Known Use of johnny-come-lately

1839


JOHNNY-COME-LATELY Defined for English Language Learners

Johnny-come-lately

noun

Definition of Johnny-come-lately for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has recently joined a group, started a new activity, etc.


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