Johnny-come-lately

noun
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

Definition of Johnny-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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Johnny-come-lately.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Johnny-come-lately. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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Johnny-come-lately

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English Language Learners Definition of Johnny-come-lately

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

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