\ ˈjōnz How to pronounce jones (audio) \
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


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\ ˈjōnz How to pronounce Jones (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ˈi-ni-ˌgō (audio)\ 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

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Synonyms for jones

Synonyms: Noun

addiction, dependence (also dependance), habit, monkey

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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

Somehow, even the misty-eyed writers of Hallmark cards seem to have missed the beautiful and romantic literary potential of two married adults having extramarital affairs and jonesing to ditch their spouses and kids in order to be together. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: They are convinced their love is one in a billion -- but they aren’t sure if they can be together," 29 May 2019 Spring is barely here, and yet, people are already jonesing for summer, and with it, beach season. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "PSA: Sam’s Club Is Selling Giant, Inflatable Water Trampolines," 15 Apr. 2019 Tesla owners have been jonesing for this update for years, though the company describes the feature as a beta version. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot is like Waze on steroids," 6 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That Jason Momoa has a jones for jeans should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. Adam Tschorn,, "Jason Momoa’s denim duds, from ‘Paloma’ to ‘Aquaman,’ can be yours," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of jones


1981, in the meaning defined above


circa 1962, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for jones


origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of jones

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

US slang : a very strong desire for something or to do something

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