long johns

plural noun
\ ˈlȯŋ-ˌjänz How to pronounce long johns (audio) \

Definition of long johns

: long underwear

Examples of long johns in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the rain test, both human subjects and mannequins wear a gray cotton T-shirt or long johns beneath rain garments while walking or standing in simulated downpours. Scott Yorko, Popular Mechanics, "The Toughest Jackets on Earth Are Built in This Torture Chamber," 18 Feb. 2020 Hunter-McCartin also distributes free socks and long johns to the homeless. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Plymouth volunteers give haircuts to homeless people," 14 Jan. 2020 Pull out the long johns for Wednesday, because that will be our coldest and windiest day this week. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Temperatures are about to plummet in metro Detroit: What to expect," 9 Dec. 2019 Sweaters, scarves and long johns help, but fondue, steaming soups and fireplaces are a lot more fun. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cold-weather comforts: 5 restaurants that are easy to warm up to," 11 Dec. 2019 Some exchanged gifts like long johns, liquor and photographs of relatives who couldn’t attend or had died, while others struggled to continue their conversations. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Reunions between Korean families divided by war," 21 June 2018 Cameron Cuffe stars as Seg-El, grandfather of Kal-El, who won’t even be born for another 200 years, much less don his blue Superman long johns, flowing red cape and tighty reddies. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "SyFy ‘Krypton’ isn’t faster than a speeding bullet," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of long johns

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Long johns.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20johns. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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long johns

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English Language Learners Definition of long johns

: underwear that covers your legs and that is worn in cold weather

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