Johnny–come–lately

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noun John·ny–come–late·ly \ˈjä-nē-(ˌ)kəm-ˈlāt-lē\

Definition of Johnny–come–lately

plural

Johnny–come–latelies

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Johnnies–come–lately

  1. 1 :  a late or recent arrival :  newcomer

  2. 2 :  upstart <established families tend to hold themselves above the Johnny-come-latelies — William Zeckendorf †1976>

1839

First Known Use of johnny–come–lately

1839


JOHNNY–COME–LATELY Defined for English Language Learners

Johnny–come–lately

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noun John·ny–come–late·ly \ˈjä-nē-(ˌ)kəm-ˈlāt-lē\

Definition of Johnny–come–lately for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has recently joined a group, started a new activity, etc.


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