John·​ny-jump-up ˌjä-nē-ˈjəmp-ˌəp How to pronounce Johnny-jump-up (audio)
: a common cultivated European viola (Viola tricolor) which has short-spurred flowers usually blue or purple mixed with white and yellow and from which most of the garden pansies are derived
broadly : any of various small-flowered cultivated pansies
: any of various American violets

Examples of Johnny-jump-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Violas, also known as Johnny-jump-ups, are a compact version of pansies. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Johnny-jump-up was in 1827

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“Johnny-jump-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: any of various pansies or violets with small flowers
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