john

noun \ ˈjän \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018
1
[probably short for johnny, johnny house privy]
: toilet
2 : a prostitute's client

Examples of john in a Sentence

  1. Excuse me, I have to go to the john.

  2. man, that guy seems to spend hours in the john

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Origin and Etymology of john

from the name John

John

noun \ ˈjän \
1 : a Jewish prophet who according to Gospel accounts foretold Jesus' messianic ministry and baptized him called also John the Baptist
2 : an apostle who according to various Christian traditions wrote the fourth Gospel, the three Johannine Epistles, and the Book of Revelation
3 : the fourth Gospel in the New Testament — see Bible Table
4 : any of three short didactic letters addressed to early Christians and included in the New Testament — see Bible Table

Origin and Etymology of john

Late Latin Johannes, from Greek Iōannēs, from Hebrew Yōhānān

John

biographical name \ ˈjän \
name of 21 popes: especially XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli) 1881–1963 (pope 1958–63)

John

biographical name
1167–1216 John Lackland play \ˈlak-ˌland\ king of England (1199–1216)

John

biographical name
Augustus Edwin 1878–1961 British painter and etcher

JOHN Defined for English Language Learners

john

  • : a toilet or bathroom

  • : a man who pays money to a prostitute for sex


Law Dictionary

john

noun \ ˈjän \
: a prostitute's client

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