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jo

[joh] /dʒoʊ/
noun, plural joes. Scot.
1.
beloved one; darling; sweetheart.
Also, joe.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; variant of joy

joe1

[joh] /dʒoʊ/
noun, Scot.
1.
jo.

joe2

[joh] /dʒoʊ/
noun, Slang.
1.
Origin
1840-50; of uncertain origin

Joe

[joh] /dʒoʊ/
noun
1.
(sometimes lowercase) Informal. fellow; guy:
the average Joe who works for a living.
2.
Informal. a personification of a typical, often unprepossessing representative of an occupation, personality trait, state of being, etc., that is expressed, sometimes metonymically, as a mock surname:
Joe Lunchbucket working hard at some factory and paying his taxes year after year; political con artists relying on the gullibility of Joe Schmo.
3.
a male given name, form of Joseph.
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British Dictionary definitions for joes

joes

/dʒəʊz/
plural noun
1.
(Austral, informal) the joes, a fit of depression
Word Origin
short for the Joe Blakes

jo1

/dʒəʊ/
noun (pl) joes
1.
a Scot word for sweetheart
Word Origin
C16: alteration of joy

jo2

abbreviation
1.
Jordan

Joe

/dʒəʊ/
noun (sometimes not capital) (slang)
1.
(US & Canadian) a man or fellow
2.
(US) a GI; soldier
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Word Origin and History for joes

joe

n.

"coffee," by 1941, perhaps late 1930s, of unknown origin. Meaning "generic fellow, man" is from 1846, from the pet-form of Joseph (q.v.). Joe college "typical college man" is from 1932. Joe Blow "average fellow" is U.S. military slang, first recorded 1941.

jo

Scottish form of joy, attested from 1520s as a term of endearment.

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Slang definitions & phrases for joes

joe

adjective

Informed; aware; hep (1940s+ Underworld)

noun
  1. Coffee (1940s+)
  2. an; fellow; guy: never seemed to share much of the problems of the ordinary joe (1846+)
  3. gi joe (WWII Army)
verb

: Let me Joe you to that racket (1940s+ Underworld)

Related Terms

good joe, holy joe, little joe, old joe, sloppy joe


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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