\ˈjōnz \
jonesed; jonesing; joneses

Definition of jones 

(Entry 1 of 7)

intransitive verb


: to have a strong desire or craving for something he was jonesing for a drink



Definition of jones (Entry 2 of 7)

1 slang : an avid desire or appetite for something : craving

2 slang : habit, addiction especially : addiction to heroin

3 slang : heroin


biographical name (1)
\ˈjōnz \

Definition of Jones (Entry 3 of 7)

Anson 1798–1858 president of the Republic of Texas (1844–46)


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Definition of Jones (Entry 4 of 7)

Howard Mumford 1892–1980 American educator and critic


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Definition of Jones (Entry 5 of 7)

In*i*go \ ˈi-​ni-​ˌgō \ 1573–1652 English architect


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Definition of Jones (Entry 6 of 7)

John Paul 1747–1792 originally in full John Paul American (Scottish-born) naval officer


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Definition of Jones (Entry 7 of 7)

Quincy 1933–     American composer, bandleader, and producer

Examples of jones in a Sentence


that dude had a jones for heroin like you wouldn't believe I have a real jones for a milk shake.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Any of these four jackets could save your skin Spring has me jonesing to get outside in warm weather again. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Tested: The Best Versatile Midlayers," 25 Apr. 2018 The Giants aren’t the only team that might be jonesing for Belichick. Peter King,, "Kraft, Belichick and Brady: The Marvel Is That the Patriots Dynasty Has Lasted This Long," 5 Jan. 2018 Trump never stops jonesing for likes and retweets on Twitter as in life. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "How to Process the Astonishing Callousness of Trump’s Tweets After a Terrorist Attack," 7 June 2017 And for those Texans jonesing to get your Mexican food fix while in CB, Kyleena Falzone, Secret Stash owner, also runs the Bonez Tequila Bar & Grill. Mark Fadden, star-telegram, "A "tail" of two cities," 23 Aug. 2017 Dunia Baru’s owner, Mark Robba, is jonesing for fireworks. Sean Hotchkiss, CNT, "Charting Indonesia's Eastern Islands on a Luxury Yacht," 24 July 2017 For those jonesing for an early taste of the season, Rick Knoll of Brentwood’s Knoll Farms says the answer is pea shoots. Jennifer Graue, The Mercury News, "Shoots, leaves and delicious spring peas," 2 Mar. 2017 Blissfully unaware of any of this, at least at first, is young master Parker, who is jonesing for his Avengers experience and trying to be content stopping petty-ante crime in his striving Queens neighborhood. Kenneth Turan,, "‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trips on the teen angst, but Michael Keaton’s Vulture soars," 5 July 2017 Whatever option the operator chooses, airline passengers jonesing for in-flight internet access benefit, as the service can be cheaper, faster, or available in more places. Peter Sayer, PCWorld, "All-electric satellites are ushering in zippier in-flight internet access," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of jones


1981, in the meaning defined above


circa 1962, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of jones

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very strong desire for something or to do something



English Language Learners Definition of jones (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have a very strong desire for something or to do something

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obstinately defiant of authority

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