1 of 2

noun (1)

often capitalized
: fellow, guy
an average joe


2 of 2

noun (2)

Examples of joe in a Sentence

Noun (1) your average joe isn't a particularly big fan of the opera
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History


Noun (1)

from Joe, nickname for Joseph

Noun (2)

perhaps alteration of java

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1846, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of joe was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Joe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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