john·​ny | \ ˈjä-nē How to pronounce johnny (audio) \
plural johnnies

Definition of johnny

1 often capitalized : fellow, guy
2 : a short-sleeved collarless gown that is open in the back and is worn by persons (such as hospital patients) undergoing medical examination or treatment

Examples of johnny in a Sentence

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First Known Use of johnny

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for johnny

from the name Johnny

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The first known use of johnny was in 1648

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“Johnny.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of johnny

US : a loose piece of clothing that is open at the back and that is worn by someone (such as a hospital patient) who is being examined, treated, etc., by a doctor


variants: also johnnie \ ˈjän-​ē How to pronounce johnnie (audio) \
plural johnnies

Medical Definition of johnny

: a short-sleeved collarless gown with an opening in the back for wear by persons (as hospital patients) undergoing medical examination or treatment

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