Johnny-jump-up

noun

John·​ny-jump-up ˌjä-nē-ˈjəmp-ˌəp How to pronounce Johnny-jump-up (audio)
1
: 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
2
: any of various American violets

Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Johnny-jump-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Johnny-jump-up. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

Johnny-jump-up

noun

John·​ny-jump-up
ˌjän-ē-ˈjəm-ˌpəp
: any of various pansies or violets with small flowers
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