1. a sweetheart, a lover.
|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.|
|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?|
|Barrack-Room Ballads (1893) 197: Where have you been this while away, [...] Johnnie, my Johnnie, aha!‘The Widow’s Party’ in|
|Scarlet City 544: Charlie, come and mash me for a bit, my Johnny’s gone to get a toothful of moist.|
|‘In the Height of Fashion’ in Roderick (1967–9) II 182: Thus the maiden trills and gushes, / While her johnnie knots his brow.|
|diary 15 June [Internet] I hope she doesn’t mean it when she says ‘going down to Dover to see naval Johnny, may not have time to write’.|
|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.
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy VI 42: And I was honest Johnny, Johnny pay for all.|
|‘Maiden’s Advice to get Married’ inI (1975) 165: Johnny’s the man who shall pleasure me.|
|Civil War Letters 17 Sept. 132: Sometimes the johnies [sic] come out and fire a few shots.in|
|‘We’re All for Horace’ Farmer of Chappaqua Songster 47: Together let the Northern Yank / And Southern Johnny shout.|
|Hants Teleg. 29 Sept. 11/6: He calls a man a ‘Johnny,’ a battle ‘a blooming slog’.|
|Pall Mall Gazette 21 July 2: Even the hats of those ‘Johnnies’ in front will be interesting to posterity.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 16 Feb. 314: It’s so beastly caddish, hitting a Johnny when he’s down.|
|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 .|
|On the Anzac Trail 31: [T]he same johnnies were bossing up a tidy little harem of prime goods.|
|Marvel 1 Mar. 8: There used to be an Italian johnny who sold ice-cream at Calcroft Town.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 202: A most amazing Johnnie who dishes a wicked ragout.|
|Shearer’s Colt 40: This is better than [...] lying out under a log all night waiting for some of those sheep-stealing johnnies.|
|Rover 18 Feb. 28: None of the slant-eyed johnnies thought he’d be ‘ass’ enough.|
|Capt. Bulldog Drummond 174: Not a very pleasant johnny, I’m forced to gather.|
|Und. Nights 129: One of the top johnnys of the underworld.|
|Oh! To be in England (1985) 343: Ah! you’re the johnny who buys junk. I’ve heard of you.|
|Swimming-Pool Library (1998) 223: The advertising johnnies.|
|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.|
|Indep. Rev. 28 Feb. 1: I look at all the corporate johnnies.|
|Experience 310: The speaker, a gruff ‘medical johnny’ named Cliff.|
(b) used in direct address to any man, name unknown.
|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.|
|Women of N.Y. 302: They [prostitutes] are bold and openly solicit you, calling every one Johnny.|
|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.|
|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.’.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 15 Dec. 167: ‘English no findee pilong?’ ‘No, Johnnie.’.|
|Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 112: See here, Johnny, you’re on some crooked game.|
|Enormous Room (1928) 84: Your friend’s here, Johnny, and wants to see you.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: Johnee!... Johnee!... British Johnee! We – you – come – to – get.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 25: Let’s see that roll of tarpaper you got there. Johnny.|
|(con. WWII) Soldier Erect 49: Who’s the pusher. Johnny?|
|(con. WWII) 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.
|‘’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.|
|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.’.|
|Things I Have Seen II 78: ‘Johnnies’ and ‘Chappies’ who [...] ‘raise Cain and break things.’.|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] Actions Speak Louder Than Words [lyrics] One morning cool in Rotten Row, she’s sitting on a bench / A Johnny passing eyes her, says, ‘By gad, a comely wench’.|
|‘The New Chum Jackaroo’ in Roderick (1967–9) I 313: The New Chums fought while eye-glass dudes / And Johnnies led them on.|
|Gal’s Gossip 60: He jolly well knew that his girl at the Gaiety was being mashed by another Johnnie.|
|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.’.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 10 Oct. 1/3: Every Johnnie present envied the cut of the sit-em-down end of his pants.|
|Sporting Times 20 Jan. 1/5: The most frock-struck Johnnie we ever came across was Pitcher before he got married.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 186: She wanted some betting done, and none of her other ‘johnnies’ possessed a ring-ticket.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 62: They took to the bouquet-carrying act like Forty-second Street Johnnies.‘Sweeney to Sanguinetti to Schultz’|
|Daily Liar 3/1: Johnnies, Chappies, Fatheads and Noodles given away as a bonus, very good at Kissing.|
|(con. WWI) 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.|
|Anecdota Americana I 143: Two old Johnnies were discussing a proposed trip abroad. ‘We mustn’t overlook Paris,’ said one.|
|Kilmore free Press (Perth) 3 May 7/2: A swanky Johnnie swaggered on to the accompaniment of loud applause.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 134: johnnie [...] a lady’s man.|
(d) (Aus.) an Englishman.
|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 .
|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.‘By Courier’|
|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.
|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].|
|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.
|Man from Snowy River (1902) 10: But maybe you’re only a Johnnie / And don’t know a horse from a hoe?‘Old Pardon, the Son of Reprieve’|
|Magnet 10 July 6: I wonder what those johnnies would say if they knew.|
4. (Anglo-Irish./Scots) a half-glass of whisky.
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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].
|With Sherman to the Sea (1958) 63: With the rest of the troops we pushed right on after the Johnnys.diary 27 July in Winther|
|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.|
|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].|
|Red Badge of Courage (1964) 88: Jack was a-lookin ahead all th’ time tryin’ t’ see th’ Johnnies comin’.|
|John Brown’s Body 257: The Johnnies is there! [DA].|
|(con. 1860s) 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 [Internet] 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.
|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’.|
|On the Anzac Trail 89: But, alas! the following Sunday found us on the sea, bound for the Dardanelles and Johnnie Turk.|
|Temporary Crusaders 30 Dec. [Internet] 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.|
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 344: Johnny. A Turk.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 132: Johnny: A Turk. (As a Service nickname, dating from the Crimean War).|
|(con. WWI) Goodbye to All That (1960) 155: The Turco used to say: ‘Tommy, give Johnny pozzy’.|
|(con. 1914–18) Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier.|
(c) a soldier in the Indian Army.
|Leisure Hour 27 May 326/1: Sepoys [...] known as Johnnys [OED].|
|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?|
|At Suvla Bay Ch. xx: ‘You ever hear of Rabindranarth Tagore, Johnnie?’ I asked him.|
(d) see John Chinaman n. (1)
(e) a Gurkha.
|Wee Willie Winkie (1889) 103: The Highlander [...] turning to a Gurkha, said, ‘Hya, Johnny!’.‘Wee Willie Winkie’ in|
(f) a German soldier.
|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.|
|diary 10 Mar. [Internet] 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’.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 625/2: WW2.|
6. (US) a lavatory; also attrib. [var. on jakes n.1 (1)/john n.2 (6)].
|Dict. Archaic and Provincial Words II 485/2: Johnny (1) A jakes.|
|AS VII:5 333: johnny — a lavatory.‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in|
|Appointment in Samarra (1935) 98: ‘Kitty Hoffman came in the johnny while I—’. ‘God, you women, going to the can together!’.|
|in 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.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 246: I am returning from The Lulu or Johny or Little Boy’s Room.|
|Old Liberty (1962) 11: The hinges were mostly undone on the johnny seats.|
|Shaft 136: I have to go to the johnnie.|
|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.|
|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.
|Cockney Adventures 83: If there was one thing more mortifying and spirit-stirring than another to Tim Potts, it was being called a ‘Johnny’.|
|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.‘Otherwise Engaged’|
|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. the penis; also attrib. [abbr. John Thomas n. (1)].
|‘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.|
|Venus in India I 39: How inexpressibly delicious, did her cunt feel, as inch by inch I buttied Johnnie in it.|
|(con. 1927) in 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.|
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
|Shaft 136: In about ten minutes she was going to have more johnnie than she knew what to do with.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 57: Thou, bitch, seeks to distress my johnny tool with psychological war.East in|
|Butcher Boy (1993) 138: I’d give her the johnny and no mistake.|
|Guardian Rev. 6 Aug. 13: He calls his penis [...] Mr Johnny.|
9. (Aus.) a kookaburra.
|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.’.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 625: C.20.|
10. (Aus.) the government, esp. as a tax-gatherer [johnny- pfx + SE government].
|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.|
11. (US) a jack in poker [John n. (7)].
|Dead End Act II: angel reveals a pair of Jacks: A pair of Johnnies.|
12. a condom; also attrib.
|New Society 18 Apr. n.p. : We asked for sex and were offered a packet of johnnies.in|
|Saved Scene iii: Tied on with a ol’ johnny.|
|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’.|
|On the Yankee Station (1982) 52: We couldn’t because I ... I didn’t have a johnny.‘Hardly Ever’ in|
|Let It Bleed 95: I used a johnny, for fuck’s sake, what’s the problem?|
|Grits 58: Yewsed johnnies from larst fuckin yeer (carn shag on-a smack, see?).|
|Urban Grimshaw 253: I’ve told you about the pill and johnnies and everything.|
|Decent Ride 40: Wi that AIDS n STDs thaire’a loads thit’ll insist oan a johnny.|
13. (US prison) a sandwich in a sack.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] 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.|
14. see Johnny Horner n.
(Aus.) a general dealer, usu. in second-hand goods.
|Our Antipodes III 245: Having occasion to buy some opossum rugs [...] I was referred to one ‘Johnny All-sorts’.|
|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.|
|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.|
(US) an exceptionally enthusiastic, greedy person; thus play johnny-at-the-rat-hole, to eavesdrop, to interfere in other people’s affairs.
|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?|
|Confessions of a Detective 18: It’s Johnny-at-the-rathole with the dough, on the first of every month.|
|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.’.‘A Second Word-List From Nebraska’ in|
|Bee (Earlington, KY) 7 July 1/6: ‘Dr’ Vannoy and Clarence Hcomeiggins were Johnnie at the rat hole all day.|
|Dock Walloper 2: clews to the butler vernacular [...] johnny-on-the-rathole — ever alert.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 493: As a rule Harley is Johnny-at-the-rat-hole when it comes to scoff.‘Lonely Heart’ in|
|Post (Lanarks) 23 Apr. 6/2: Johnny at the rat-hole —prompt.|
a novice, an unsophisticated person, a recent arrival or recruit; also attrib.
|Adventures of Harry Franco I 249: ‘But it’s Johnny Comelately, aint it, you?’ said a young mizzen topman.|
|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.|
|Tuapeka Times (Otago) 24 Sept. 6/2: Their impudence has reached such a height that they call me ‘Johnny-come-lately’ to my face.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Otago Witness (NZ) 5 Aug. 52/4: The soldiers cordially hated him and bestowed upon him the sobriquet of ‘Johnny-come-lately’.|
|In Roaring Fifties 170: Must ’a’ taken us for a pair o’ Johnnie-come latelies.|
|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.|
|Thirteen Years in Oregon Penitentiary 53: The latter believe all ministers are Johnny-come-lately.|
|(con. 1899) Roving and Fighting 7: Groups of soldiers greeted us [...] with sarcastic humor. ‘Look at the Johnny-come-latelies!’ .|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 222: Cynthia Harris is more of a Johnny-come-lately than Doris.‘The Brain Goes Home’ in|
|(con. 1830s–60s) 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.|
|in Diary of a Self-Made Convict (1955) 65: The other is, I suspect, a Johnny-come-lately as a pacifist.|
|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.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 106: I dunno if you think you’re dealin with some Johnny-come-lately here.|
|Duke of Deception (1990) 15: Western European Jews did not mingle with what a cousin has called ‘Johnny-come-latelies.’.|
|Conversations on a Homecoming (1986) 24: And all, it would appear, being influenced by something called the vision of a Johnny-come-lately.|
|Ruthless 50: Where once ganja shipments were prone to appropriation by Johnny-come-latelys, now Rude Boys rode shotgun.|
|Guardian 30 May 20: The tradition has been that the King loathed the festival, a johnny-come-lately of an event.|
|NYTImes.com [comments] 2 Jan. [Internet] He wasn’t a johnny come lately. I felt he had real integrity.|
(US Und.) an executioner.
|Ladies’ Repository (N.Y.) Oct. VIII:37 316/2: Johnny Grab, an executioner; hangman.|
a naïve person.
|Little Ragamuffin 299: The Johnny Greens, who know no more how to lighten a pocket than they do of well-boring.|
(US) a privy, an outside lavatory.
see johnson n. (1)
a black slave driver.
|Adventures of Johnny Newcome IV 213: He flogs like ony Johnny Jumper! [Ibid.] 258: Johnny Jumper, a black slave driver.|
(W.I.) a newcomer.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
1. a newcomer or novice.
|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.|
|[title] The Military Adventures of Johnny Newcome.|
|Real Life in London II 51: ‘I thought,’ said he, ‘that I had seen elsewhere this Johnny Newcome’.|
|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].|
|Blackburn Standard 30 Aug. 2/1: A Johnny New-come - General Guise, going over one campaign to Flanders, observed a young raw officer.|
|Sheffield Iris 22 Dec. 4/2: He was no Johnny Newcomer.|
|Rambles in New South Wales 267: Their [i.e. Jews] pursuits consist chiefly in furbishing up ‘old clo’ [...] which they palm upon Johnny Newcomes.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Chelmsford Chron. 9 Sept. 6/6: He’s no Johnny Newcome, all swell and bombast.|
|AS I:1 37: I was Johnny Newcomer an’ I flopped.‘Trouper Talk’ in|
2. a newborn child.
|Ingoldsby Legends I (1866) 182: Now to young ‘Johnny Newcome’ she seems to confine hers, Neglecting the poor little dear out at dry-nurse.‘Some Account of a New Play’|
|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.|
a scolding; a thrashing.
|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.|
|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.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 14 June 4/7: [He] heard the latter getting Johnny-up-the-orchard from his evidently wrathful rib.|
|‘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.|
|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].|
|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’.).|