1. generic uses of the proper name.
(a) [18C–early 19C] (Scot.) a friend.
(b) [mid-19C+] a generic name for a person, e.g. joe average, joe citizen, the average man in the street; also one who has a job or position, e.g. joe plainclothes, a plain-clothes police officer, working joe one who is employed etc; see also combs. below.
(c) [1910s+] (US) a (likeable) person, often used in direct address.
(d) [1960s+] (Can.) a French Canadian.
2. (also joey) in Aus. uses [orig. on the goldfields a trooper enforcing the regulations laid down by Gov. Charles Joseph LaTrobe (1801–75) and the cry Joe!/Joe-Joe!, issued by a miner at the approach of police].
(a) a policeman; spec. on the minefields.
(b) [mid-19C] in generic terms, a policeman, a trooper.
(c) [mid–late 19C] by ext. of sense 2a, a term of abuse hurled at anyone who was not a miner.
3. [mid-19C–1940s] (US campus, also joe house) a privy; thus as v., meaning to use a lavatory; joe-wad, toilet paper; also attrib. [supposedly f. the burning of the privies at Hamilton College on one Nov. 5, following the refusal of the President, Joseph Penney, to have them cleaned].
4. [1970s+] (US campus) beer [the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. of Milwaukee].
As a generic name
[1940s+] a generic name used for any otherwise unnamed man.
1. [1920s+] (Aus./N.Z./US) any man.
2. [1930s] (US Und.) a drugs carrier [blow n.3 (4)].
1. [1960s] a generic term for the Chinese.
2. [1970s] (US drugs) a heroin addiction.
[1930s+] (US) an average person.
1. a college boy, esp. one who is self-satisfied and self-indulgent.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
[1960s+] one who is, or more likely sees themselves, as sophisticated, wordly, etc.
see Joe Shit (the rag man)
[1980s+] (US campus/teen) a menial, low-paid task.
[1950s+] (US) an ordinary working man.
[1930s+] (orig. US) the general public, thus fem. Josephine Public.
[1920s+] (US black) a miserable or unpopular person.
[1940s+] (orig. US) anyone, ‘Mr. Average’.
[1940s+] (US) an extremely contemptible person, a nobody.
[1970s+] (US) an ordinary, beer-drinking man.
see snuffy n.2
[1920s+] (US) the average, otherwise unnamed man; also attrib.
[mid-19C–1920s] by no means, not on any account.
[1950s] (US drugs) a non-addict.
see under random adj.
[20C+] a conventional, conservative person; as such seen as honest and dependable.