noun (plural johnnies)informal
2British Used as a name for an unknown man, often suggesting that he is unimportant or insignificant: the security johnny insists that you sign the visitors' book
More example sentences
- One fella on the bus seemed particularly pleased with himself and not unjustly the crowd called him a johnny.
- It was just those terrible scientist johnnies!
- Whereas the British want to see children's faces light up with joy, those foreign johnnies prefer to scare the living daylights out of them.
late 17th century (sense 2): nickname for the given name John.
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