Green’s Dictionary of Slang

johnny n.1

also johnnie

1. a sweetheart, a lover.

[Scot]A. Ramsay Tea-table Misc. (1733) II 137: And let us to Edinburgh go, Where she that’s bonny, May catch a Johnny, And never lead apes below.
[UK]E.J. Milliken Childe Chappie’s Pilgrimage 19: Ah! who is more brave than your Johnny of note, / With his snowy shirt-front and his dainty dust-coat?
[UK]Kipling ‘The Widow’s Party’ in Barrack-Room Ballads (1893) 197: Where have you been this while away, [...] Johnnie, my Johnnie, aha!
[UK]‘Pot’ & ‘Swears’ Scarlet City 544: Charlie, come and mash me for a bit, my Johnny’s gone to get a toothful of moist.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘In the Height of Fashion’ in Roderick (1967–9) II 182: Thus the maiden trills and gushes, / While her johnnie knots his brow.
[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 27 Nov. 5/5: RW has returned from Pirie wearing a ring. Who is the johnny, Rose?
[UK]R.P. Hamilton diary 15 June 🌐 I hope she doesn’t mean it when she says ‘going down to Dover to see naval Johnny, may not have time to write’.
[US]O.O. McIntyre Day By Day in New York 1 Apr. [synd. col.] ‘A job,’ she [i.e. ’a gloomy spear toter’] told the circle around her waiting for their Johnnys, ‘is as scarce as a nootral Dutchman’.

2. generic uses for a person.

(a) a man.

[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy VI 42: And I was honest Johnny, Johnny pay for all.
[UK] ‘Maiden’s Advice to get Married’ in Holloway & Black I (1975) 165: Johnny’s the man who shall pleasure me.
[US]G.W. Whitman in Civil War Letters 17 Sept. 132: Sometimes the johnies [sic] come out and fire a few shots.
[US] ‘We’re All for Horace’ Farmer of Chappaqua Songster 47: Together let the Northern Yank / And Southern Johnny shout.
[UK]Hants Teleg. 29 Sept. 11/6: He calls a man a ‘Johnny,’ a battle ‘a blooming slog’.
[UK]W. Sickert Pall Mall Gazette 21 July 2: Even the hats of those ‘Johnnies’ in front will be interesting to posterity.
[Aus] (?) H. Lawson ‘The Shearer’s Dream’ in Roderick (1972) 312: They were part of a theatrical company on tour in the Back-Blocks, and some local Johnnies.
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 16 Feb. 314: It’s so beastly caddish, hitting a Johnny when he’s down.
[Aus]Truth (Perth) 19 Oct. 4/6: The ‘sentence’ for Johnnies who window-panes smash / Is mild magisterial ‘guiver,’ / But a white man resenting a nigger is rash. / And is sure to be ‘sent’ for a fiver .
[NZ]‘Anzac’ On the Anzac Trail 31: [T]he same johnnies were bossing up a tidy little harem of prime goods.
[UK]Marvel 1 Mar. 8: There used to be an Italian johnny who sold ice-cream at Calcroft Town.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 406: Whisper, who the sooty hell’s the johnny in the black duds?
[US]B. Hecht A Thousand and One Afternoons [ebook] Sometimes an old Johnny comes in with a moth-eaten fur collar and blows a dime for a wedding ring.
[UK]Wodehouse Carry on, Jeeves 202: A most amazing Johnnie who dishes a wicked ragout.
[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson Shearer’s Colt 40: This is better than [...] lying out under a log all night waiting for some of those sheep-stealing johnnies.
[UK]Rover 18 Feb. 28: None of the slant-eyed johnnies thought he’d be ‘ass’ enough.
[UK]G. Fairlie Capt. Bulldog Drummond 174: Not a very pleasant johnny, I’m forced to gather.
[UK]‘Charles Raven’ Und. Nights 129: One of the top johnnys of the underworld.
[UK]H.E. Bates Oh! To be in England (1985) 343: Ah! you’re the johnny who buys junk. I’ve heard of you.
[UK]A. Hollinghurst Swimming-Pool Library (1998) 223: The advertising johnnies.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Secret World of the Irish Male (1995) 141: Perhaps Waugh should have a think why all these foreign Johnnies keep strolling away with the loot.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 28 Feb. 1: I look at all the corporate johnnies.
[UK]M. Amis Experience 310: The speaker, a gruff ‘medical johnny’ named Cliff.
[Aus](con. 1943) G.S. Manson Coorparoo Blues [ebook] The johnny at the desk didn’t seem at all perturbed.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 397: Their hierarchy was, in Company jargon: RAF johnnies, beards, double beards, full sets and empty wigs.

(b) used in direct address to any man, name unknown.

E.E. Napier Excursions of the Mediterranean I 226: Addressing us as ‘Johnny’, [they] were very officious in offering their services. [...] ‘Johnny’ is, in this part of the country, the national appellation of an Englishman by the lower orders of Spaniards.
[US]G. Ellington Women of N.Y. 302: They [prostitutes] are bold and openly solicit you, calling every one Johnny.
[UK]Sporting Times 3 Aug. 1/1: A straight line is the way you johnnies will go to the canteen when I’ve done with you.
[UK]Bird o’ Freedom 15 Jan. 1/4: ‘Johnny,’ said he, ‘in particular I want to impress on your mind the fact that you are never to let any peddlers or book agents into the office.’.
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 15 Dec. 167: ‘English no findee pilong?’ ‘No, Johnnie.’.
[US]‘Old Sleuth’ Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 112: See here, Johnny, you’re on some crooked game.
[US]E.E. Cummings Enormous Room (1928) 84: Your friend’s here, Johnny, and wants to see you.
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: Johnee!... Johnee!... British Johnee! We – you – come – to – get.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 25: Let’s see that roll of tarpaper you got there. Johnny.
[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss Soldier Erect 49: Who’s the pusher. Johnny?
[UK](con. WWII) J. Robinson Jack and Jamie Go to War 153: ‘So long Johnny!’ he shouted to Bobby.

(c) (also johnnie-boy) an idle, vacuous young aristocrat, a smart young man about town; thus johnniedom, the world of such young men.

[US]Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 4 Feb. n.p.: A personal friend of mine, surnamed by the johnnies as ‘Fighting Frank’.
[Aus]Sportsman (Melbourne) 19 July 2/3: [H]e fired one of Gaunt’s best bracelets into the stage door [but] he saw her come out and go off to supper with another Johnny.
[UK] ‘’Arry on His Critics & Champions’ Punch 14 Apr. 180/1: He says I am ‘fond of a lark’ [...] / And so are the Gaiety Johnnies, and ditto the Varsity Blues.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Aug. 9/4: It seems the first time this rather over-fed and over-rated Johnny read the periodical in question he was overwhelmed by its awful ‘disloyalty.’.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 18 Jan. 2/3: That divided skirt business of theirs has a mysterious fascination for the Johnnies, and Manager Sanger has been obliged to have a special policeman stationed at the stage door to keep the dudes away.
[UK]G.A. Sala Things I Have Seen II 78: ‘Johnnies’ and ‘Chappies’ who [...] ‘raise Cain and break things.’.
Leighton & LeBrunn [perf. Marie Lloyd] Actions Speak Louder Than Words 🎵 One morning cool in Rotten Row, she’s sitting on a bench / A Johnny passing eyes her, says, ‘By gad, a comely wench’.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘The New Chum Jackaroo’ in Roderick (1967–9) I 313: The New Chums fought while eye-glass dudes / And Johnnies led them on.
[UK]A. Binstead Gal’s Gossip 60: He jolly well knew that his girl at the Gaiety was being mashed by another Johnnie.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Dec. 12/4: Melbourne johnniedom is sad at heart because of the barbarity of local tailors, who are combining for mutual protection against the masher who dresses ‘on the nod.’.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 10 Oct. 1/3: Every Johnnie present envied the cut of the sit-em-down end of his pants.
[UK]Sporting Times 20 Jan. 1/5: The most frock-struck Johnnie we ever came across was Pitcher before he got married.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 186: She wanted some betting done, and none of her other ‘johnnies’ possessed a ring-ticket.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 5 Oct. 2/3: [T]he one who wears petticoats turns somersaults and stands on her hands, quite long enough for bald-headed Johnniedom to count the frills on her unmentionables.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 133: If it hadn’t been for the Johnnie boys in hot clothes strollin’ around you’d thought a real one-ring wagon-show had struck town.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 221/2: When the chappies and Johnnies became notorious for frequenting the old Gaiety Theatre stalls (1879–82), they were remarkable for the display of very large, rigid shirt-fronts.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 13 Mar. 2nd sect. 9/1: They Say [...] That the purser and steward had strict orders to make madame comfortable. That they were also told to see that the handsome English Johnny didn't poach on preserves.
Kilmore free Press (Perth) 3 May 7/2: A swanky Johnnie swaggered on to the accompaniment of loud applause.
[US]Van Loan ‘Sweeney to Sanguinetti to Schultz’ Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 62: They took to the bouquet-carrying act like Forty-second Street Johnnies.
[Ire]Daily Liar 3/1: Johnnies, Chappies, Fatheads and Noodles given away as a bonus, very good at Kissing.
[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 211: Nut: The latter-day descendant of the ‘Fop’, through the ‘Dandy,’ the ‘Heavy Swell,’ the ‘Masher,’ the ‘Chappy’ and the ‘Johnny’ [...] sometimes written and pronounced ‘K’nut’ to form a species of superlative.
[US]‘J.M. Hall’ Anecdota Americana I 143: Two old Johnnies were discussing a proposed trip abroad. ‘We mustn’t overlook Paris,’ said one.
[Aus](con. WWI) L. Mann Flesh in Armour 21: He had read of Johnnies waiting stage doors.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 134: johnnie [...] a lady’s man.

(d) (Aus.) an Englishman.

[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 20 Nov. 3/6: I do no that English Jonnies, / And them Afrikanders here, / They do hate Australian men, sir.

(e) attrib. use of sense 1c .

[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘By Courier’ Four Million (1915) 234: If yer don’t know de guy, and he’s tryin’ to do de Johnny act, say de word, and I’ll call a cop.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 1 Oct. [synd. col.] An English Johnny comedian.

3. a novice [abbr. Johnny Raw n.].

(a) (Aus.) a new immigrant from Britain.

[Aus] Truth (Sydney) 15 May 5/3: ‘Currency lads and lasses’, to use the old phrase, have to give way to any new Johnnie or Janie who leaves hold Hingland for hold Hingland’s good [AND].
G.E.L. Watson But to What Purpose 98: I was still conspicuous of being such a mere ‘Johnnie’, as Englishmen were then called.

(b) an inexperienced youngster, a raw recruit, a new hand.

[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson ‘Old Pardon, the Son of Reprieve’ Man from Snowy River (1902) 10: But maybe you’re only a Johnnie / And don’t know a horse from a hoe?
[UK]Regiment 23 Apr. 53/2: O.S.: ‘Sir, he’s a rooky, and— ’ Officer : ‘A what?’ O.S.: ‘A Micky, sir, and— ’ Officer : “A what?’ O.S.: ‘I mean to say he’s a Johnny, sir, and— ’4 : Officer [...] (Calls the sergeant-major and asks him to explain, if possible, what he means [...] ‘Oh, he means he’s a “Raw un” sir’).
[UK]Magnet 10 July 6: I wonder what those johnnies would say if they knew.

4. (Anglo-Irish./Scots) a half-glass of whisky.

[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sl. Dict.

5. in respect of national or local populations.

(a) (US) a Confederate soldier [abbr. Johnny Reb under johnny- pfx; generic (and slightly contemptuous) use of proper name].

[US]T.F. Upson diary 27 July in Winther With Sherman to the Sea (1958) 63: With the rest of the troops we pushed right on after the Johnnys.
[UK]G.A. Sala My Diary in America I 235: A regiment of ‘Confeds’ – who are this year called ‘Johnnies:’ they were ‘Rebs’ in 1861, and ‘Greybacks’ in 1862.
D.G. Crotty Four Years Campaigning in the Army of the Potomac 50: They pitch into the Johnnies and give them Hail Columbia.
Century Mag. (N.Y.) July 467/1: He spoke of the Confederate soliders as ‘Johnnies’ [DA].
[US]S. Crane Red Badge of Courage (1964) 88: Jack was a-lookin ahead all th’ time tryin’ t’ see th’ Johnnies comin’.
[US]S.V. Benét John Brown’s Body 257: The Johnnies is there! [DA].
[US](con. 1860s) B.I. Wiley Life of Johnny Reb 319: At Vicksburg the Federals would yell out, ‘Haven’t you Johnnies got a new general – General Starvation?’.
(ref. to 1861–5) Gettysburg National Military Park Kidzpage 🌐 Union soldiers had several nicknames for Confederates including ‘butternuts’, because of the color of their uniforms, ‘Johnny’ that was short for ‘Johnny Reb’ [etc.].

(b) a Turk.

[US]Spirit of the Times (Ironton, OH) 26 Dec. 2/3: Salutations [...] An English soldier and a French soldier meet [...] the former commences with ‘Bono Francais,’ and the answer is ‘Bono Anglish’. With a Turk it is ‘Bono Johnny’.
[UK]Regiment 16 Apr. 37/3: Tewfik [i.e. the Khedive of Egypt] gave a small coin to the sentry. ‘Thank you, Johnny,’ said the soldier.
[NZ]‘Anzac’ On the Anzac Trail 89: But, alas! the following Sunday found us on the sea, bound for the Dardanelles and Johnnie Turk.
[UK]C. Sommers Temporary Crusaders 30 Dec. 🌐 John Turk has ‘imshied’ again all right, and the line is well on ahead of this [...] By dawn there was no sign of Johnny on the ridge.
[UK]N&Q 12 Ser. IX 344: Johnny. A Turk.
[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 132: Johnny: A Turk. (As a Service nickname, dating from the Crimean War).
[UK](con. WWI) R. Graves Goodbye to All That (1960) 155: The Turco used to say: ‘Tommy, give Johnny pozzy’.
[UK](con. 1914–18) Brophy & Partridge Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier.

(c) a soldier in the Indian Army.

[UK]Leisure Hour 27 May 326/1: Sepoys [...] known as Johnnys [OED].
[Aus]C.E.W. Bean Anzac Book 31/1: In the general murmur of voices one noted the broad tones of the British Tommy and the harsher ones of Tommy Kangaroo [...] also the loud-voiced directions of the Indian Tommy, or rather Johnny, who condescended now and then to break into pidgin-English (with a smile). [Ibid.] 50/1: What should we at Anzac have done without ‘Johnnie’ and his sturdy little mules?
[UK]J. Hargrave At Suvla Bay Ch. xx: ‘You ever hear of Rabindranarth Tagore, Johnnie?’ I asked him.

(d) see John Chinaman n. (1)

(e) a Gurkha.

[Ind]Kipling ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ in Wee Willie Winkie (1889) 103: The Highlander [...] turning to a Gurkha, said, ‘Hya, Johnny!’.

(f) a German soldier.

C. Jose letter 16 Nov. in Sebag-Montefiore Somme (2017) 175: Old ‘Johnny’ sniped at me all the way back, but I dodged him by getting into shell holes elettewtc.
[Aus]E.G. Dodd diary 10 Mar. 🌐 This afternoon Johnny [i.e. the Germans] got a bit vicious and was pounding pretty heavily. The boys seem to think the Bosche is going to bring something off by way of an attack. [Ibid.] 13 Mar. Johnny has been pasting Vermelles and Philosophe with big stuff. Been searching for our batteries I suppose.

(g) an Arab.

Kirkintilloch Gaz. 19 June 1/5: If I want Johnny to show me anything I say ‘Shufti’.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 625/2: WW2.

6. (US) a lavatory; also attrib. [var. on jakes n.1 (1)/john n.2 (6)].

[UK]Halliwell Dict. Archaic and Provincial Words II 485/2: Johnny (1) A jakes.
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in AS VII:5 333: johnny — a lavatory.
[US]J.H. O’Hara Appointment in Samarra (1935) 98: ‘Kitty Hoffman came in the johnny while I—’. ‘God, you women, going to the can together!’.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 728: You can powder your nose, or ‘the johnny’ will pass, / It’s a drain for the lily, or man about a dog.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 246: I am returning from The Lulu or Johny or Little Boy’s Room.
[UK]M. Terry Old Liberty (1962) 11: The hinges were mostly undone on the johnny seats.
[US]E. Tidyman Shaft 136: I have to go to the johnnie.
[US]R.A. Wilson Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words 152: Among the blue-collar class, the johnnie is sometimes the lady’s bathroom, as distinguished from the john, the men’s room.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 176: Oh my God [...] I hope I don’ have to go use the johnny.

7. a rustic simpleton or fool.

[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 83: If there was one thing more mortifying and spirit-stirring than another to Tim Potts, it was being called a ‘Johnny’.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Otherwise Engaged’ Sporting Times 22 Mar. 1/3: The Johnny later on was much enraged, / When he went to take his brass, although the stool was on the grass, / Its proprietor was otherwise engaged.
[UK]Sporting Times 4 Feb. 1/1: The Russian turning movement has finished by being a returning movement. The Bear finds the Japs to be what the Johnny finds the ladies — a costly lot to get round.

8. (also master johnnie) the penis; also attrib. [abbr. John Thomas n. (1)].

[UK] ‘Gingling Johnny’ Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 13: Then you lay down, and I’ll lay upon ye, / And I’ll play you a tune with my gingling Johnny.
[UK]C. Deveureux Venus in India I 39: How inexpressibly delicious, did her cunt feel, as inch by inch I buttied Johnnie in it.
[UK]‘Suzan Aked’ The Simple Tale of Suzan Aked 60: That thing is called his prick, or his yard, or his tool, or his Johnnie, or half a hundred other names [Ibid.] 121: So soon as Master Johnnie Prick is out of their cunnies the girls spring to their feet.
[US](con. 1927) in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 618: S is for safety that is made of fish skin, / It usually breaks when you shove Johnny in.
[US]Trimble 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.
[US]E. Tidyman Shaft 136: In about ten minutes she was going to have more johnnie than she knew what to do with.
[UK]S. Berkoff East in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 57: Thou, bitch, seeks to distress my johnny tool with psychological war.
[Ire]P. McCabe Butcher Boy (1993) 138: I’d give her the johnny and no mistake.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 6 Aug. 13: He calls his penis [...] Mr Johnny.

9. as sfx, a person a ‘fellow’.

[Ind]P.C. Wren Dew & Mildew 20: ‘I dreamt I saw this beastly Fakir- Johnnie’.

10. (Aus.) a kookaburra.

[Aus]K.S. Prichard Haxby’s Circus 188: Half a dozen kookaburras flung a cackle of hoarse rowdy laughter [...] ‘There’s a good omen,’ George Haxby exclaimed. ‘Even the Johnnies are going to laugh at your show, Dan.’.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 625: C.20.

11. (Aus.) the government, esp. as a tax-gatherer [johnny- pfx + SE government].

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Jan. 15/1: [T]hese blocks are still untenanted, and the disheartened villager says ‘It’s all for Johnny’ – meaning a benevolent Govt., to whom they owe over £80,000.

12. (US) a jack in poker [John n. (7)].

[US]S. Kingsley Dead End Act II: angel reveals a pair of Jacks: A pair of Johnnies.

13. a condom; also attrib.

[UK]Gosling in New Society 18 Apr. n.p. : We asked for sex and were offered a packet of johnnies.
[UK]E. Bond Saved Scene iii: Tied on with a ol’ johnny.
[UK]B.S. Johnson All Bull 93: I was issued with a pair of trousers that contained a special long, thin horizontal pocket close to the fly buttons. An old soldier told me it was called a ‘Johnny pocket’.
[UK]W. Boyd ‘Hardly Ever’ in On the Yankee Station (1982) 52: We couldn’t because I ... I didn’t have a johnny.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.
[Scot]I. Rankin Let It Bleed 95: I used a johnny, for fuck’s sake, what’s the problem?
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 58: Yewsed johnnies from larst fuckin yeer (carn shag on-a smack, see?).
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 253: I’ve told you about the pill and johnnies and everything.
[UK]R. Milward Kimberly’s Capital Punishment (2023) 173: Donald had trouble rolling the johnny onto his dangling member.
[Scot]I. Welsh Decent Ride 40: Wi that AIDS n STDs thaire’a loads thit’ll insist oan a johnny.

14. (US prison) a sandwich in a sack.

[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July 🌐 Johnny A sandwich in a sack, usually served to prisoners in segregation or lockdown, which may be nothing more than stale bread with a little peanut butter.

15. see Johnny Horner n.

In compounds

johnny all sorts (n.)

(Aus.) a general dealer, usu. in second-hand goods.

[Aus]G.C. Mundy Our Antipodes III 245: Having occasion to buy some opossum rugs [...] I was referred to one ‘Johnny All-sorts’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 4 Feb. 1/1: With three men on the job [the Mechanics’ Institute] oughtn’t to resemble a johnny-all sorts emporium.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Dec. 39/2: Hitherto he had been a desultory sort of young blackguard, taking on what was easiest and handiest, [...] acting as racecourse amanuensis to a bull-throated Jew, Johnnie All-sorts with a brigand band of theatricals, [...] and generally consorting with prodigals.
johnny-at-the-rat-hole (n.) (also johnny-on-the-rat-hole) [rathole n.]

(US) an exceptionally enthusiastic, greedy person; thus play johnny-at-the-rat-hole, to eavesdrop, to interfere in other people’s affairs.

[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 19: I seen the butcher boy bringin’ in chickens to-day, an’ I’m Johnny at the rathole to-night fur some of the white meat, see?
[US]A.H. Lewis Confessions of a Detective 18: It’s Johnny-at-the-rathole with the dough, on the first of every month.
[US]L. Pound ‘A Second Word-List From Nebraska’ in DN III:vii 545: Johnny-at-the-rat-hole, to play, v. phr. To pry into other people’s affairs; to eavesdrop. ‘He’s always playing Jonny-at-the-rat-hole.’.
[US]Bee (Earlington, KY) 7 July 1/6: ‘Dr’ Vannoy and Clarence Hcomeiggins were Johnnie at the rat hole all day.
[US]Butler & Driscoll Dock Walloper 2: clews to the butler vernacular [...] johnny-on-the-rathole — ever alert.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Lonely Heart’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 493: As a rule Harley is Johnny-at-the-rat-hole when it comes to scoff.
[Scot]Post (Lanarks) 23 Apr. 6/2: Johnny at the rat-hole —prompt.
johnny-come-lately (n.)

a novice, an unsophisticated person, a recent arrival or recruit; also attrib.

[US]C.F. Briggs Adventures of Harry Franco I 249: ‘But it’s Johnny Comelately, aint it, you?’ said a young mizzen topman.
[US]Harper’s Mag. Dec. 37/1: [The yellow fever] don’t take the acclimated nor the ‘old uns’; [...] but let it catch hold of a crowd of ‘Johnny come latelys,’ and it plants them at once [DA].
W. Middx Advertiser 29 Aug. 2/5: Should my friend, Johnny Come-lateley, engage as a shephard, he will have a comfortable hut.
[NZ]Tuapeka Times (Otago) 24 Sept. 6/2: Their impudence has reached such a height that they call me ‘Johnny-come-lately’ to my face.
[NZ]Grey River Argus (NZ) 2 July 4/1: The time has come to carry out an hospital ball on a different line than the present style of Johnny-come-lately, refresh every dance, and be a bit of a swill tub.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 22 Apr. 1/1: Provincial electorates should see to it that ‘Johnny-come-latelys’ from the Sydney Domain do not ‘boss’ the electioneering show.
[US]Independent (Honolulu) 14 Aug. 2/1: The Advertiser, of one year’ standing, rebukes the Johnnie-come-lately of the Star, of two year’s standing.
[NZ]Otago Witness (NZ) 5 Aug. 52/4: The soldiers cordially hated him and bestowed upon him the sobriquet of ‘Johnny-come-lately’.
[Aus]E. Dyson In Roaring Fifties 170: Must ’a’ taken us for a pair o’ Johnnie-come latelies.
[SA]P. Fitzpatrick Jock of the Bushveld 16: ‘Johnny-come-lately’s got a lot to learn’ was held to be adequate reason for letting many a beginner buy his experience.
[US]J. Kelley Thirteen Years in Oregon Penitentiary 53: The latter believe all ministers are Johnny-come-lately.
[US](con. 1899) E.S. O’Reilly Roving and Fighting 7: Groups of soldiers greeted us [...] with sarcastic humor. ‘Look at the Johnny-come-latelies!’ .
[US]D. Runyon ‘The Brain Goes Home’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 222: Cynthia Harris is more of a Johnny-come-lately than Doris.
[Aus](con. 1830s–60s) ‘Miles Franklin’ All That Swagger 179: That is the rale quality from the owld place itself, and none of this arrogance of Johnny-come-lately-jumped-up Colonials.
[UK] in A. Hassler Diary of a Self-Made Convict (1955) 65: The other is, I suspect, a Johnny-come-lately as a pacifist.
[US]B. Schulberg On the Waterfront (1964) 210: The hold was [...] reserved for the more recently arrived foreign-born, the ship-jumpers, the Negroes and the Johnny-come-latelies without influence.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 106: I dunno if you think you’re dealin with some Johnny-come-lately here.
[US]G. Wolff Duke of Deception (1990) 15: Western European Jews did not mingle with what a cousin has called ‘Johnny-come-latelies.’.
[Ire]T. Murphy Conversations on a Homecoming (1986) 24: And all, it would appear, being influenced by something called the vision of a Johnny-come-lately.
[UK]G. Small Ruthless 50: Where once ganja shipments were prone to appropriation by Johnny-come-latelys, now Rude Boys rode shotgun.
[UK]Guardian 30 May 20: The tradition has been that the King loathed the festival, a johnny-come-lately of an event. [comments] 2 Jan. 🌐 He wasn’t a johnny come lately. I felt he had real integrity.
[Aus]Betoota-isms 58: The Betoota Advocate [...] takes a rather dim view of the johnny-come-latelys who have turned to making a quid out of manipulating the property market.
johnny green (n.)

a naïve person.

[UK]J. Greenwood Little Ragamuffin 299: The Johnny Greens, who know no more how to lighten a pocket than they do of well-boring.
johnny newcome (n.) (also johnny newcomer, newcome)

1. a newcomer or novice.

[UK]Morn. Chron. (London) 13 Dec. 2/2: [advert] The following prints have been lately published, from the humourous Pencil of Captain J--s: A Sugar Smoking Society in Jamaica [...] same size as Johnny Newcome.
[UK]D. Roberts [title] The Military Adventures of Johnny Newcome.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London II 51: ‘I thought,’ said he, ‘that I had seen elsewhere this Johnny Newcome’.
[UK]United Service Journal XI i 59: On first landing at Port Royal, a Johnny Newcome (as all strangers are there called) [...] will at once imagine himself transported into the community of Bedlamites [OED].
[UK]Blackburn Standard 30 Aug. 2/1: A Johnny New-come - General Guise, going over one campaign to Flanders, observed a young raw officer.
[UK]Sheffield Iris 22 Dec. 4/2: He was no Johnny Newcomer.
[Aus]J.P. Townsend Rambles in New South Wales 267: Their [i.e. Jews] pursuits consist chiefly in furbishing up ‘old clo’ [...] which they palm upon Johnny Newcomes.
[UK]Inverness Courier 17 June 6/2: Our Johnny Newcome finds himself dining in company. The company talk and act in a style new to him.
J.H. Bone Petroleum and Petroleum Wells 24: The Johnny Newcomes had to fight their way to the bar, and deposit 75c. for that bit of paste-board.
[UK]Derby Mercury 19 Oct. 5/4: Johnny Newcome ought not to be angry [...] if some amount of curiosity concerning his legal qualification should be manifested [...] it is not always wise to ‘take a stranger’ at his own valuation.
[Ind]L. Emanuel Jottings [...] of a Bengal ‘qui hye’ 12: The young Griff, as Johnny Newcomes are often called.
[Ind]L. Emanuel Jottings [...] of a Bengal ‘qui hye’ 55: ’Tis at this time, that Mr or Miss ‘Newcome’ commence their acquaintance with ‘Prickly heat!’.
[UK]Mirror of Life 11 Aug. 14/2: A certain publisher employed him to write a nautical novel [...] called ‘Johnny Newcome in the Navy’.
[UK]Chelmsford Chron. 9 Sept. 6/6: He’s no Johnny Newcome, all swell and bombast.
[US]G. Lee ‘Trouper Talk’ in AS I:1 37: I was Johnny Newcomer an’ I flopped.

2. a newborn child.

[UK]R. Barham ‘Some Account of a New Play’ Ingoldsby Legends I (1866) 182: Now to young ‘Johnny Newcome’ she seems to confine hers, Neglecting the poor little dear out at dry-nurse.
johnny no stars (n.) [from the rating of fast-food restaurant personnel]

a fool.

personal correspondence n.p.: Johnny-no-stars – a young man of substandard intelligence, i.e. the typical adolescent who works in a burger restaurant. The ‘no-stars’ bit comes from the badges displaying stars that staff at fast-food restaurants often wear which show their level of training.
johnny-up the-orchard (n.)

a scolding; a thrashing.

F.C. Philips Lucky Young Woman 244: I’m sick of you, and of all your carryings on. I only wish there’d been some young fellow in the business to give you a jolly good hiding. You want Johnny up the orchard.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 25 Feb. 2/8: If this line of conduct is persisted in, Cook some night will be getting ‘Johnny up the orchard’ from some of the swashbucklers in the House.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 14 June 4/7: [He] heard the latter getting Johnny-up-the-orchard from his evidently wrathful rib.
B. Stoker ‘The Occasion’ in Snowbound 135: Then Mrs Jack ups and gives them Johnny-up-the-orchard for not minding their own business and telling a pack of lies.
[NZ]N.Z. Herald 18 Dec. 4: He gave the Toowoomba bowlers what George Giffen used to call ‘Johnny up the Orchard,’ to tho tune of 99 [i.e. runs].
[UK]Countryman 41-2 34: ‘I’ll give that Wally Bailey what for, if he tells you any more such tales.’ (She may have used her favourite threat of giving him ‘Johnny-up- the-orchard’.).