Definition of joe in English:


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Pronunciation: /dʒəʊ


North American informal
  • 1An ordinary man: the average joe
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    • He travels the circuit, pretending to be an ordinary joe, and then cleans up on bets and prizes because he has a great rock-and-roll voice.
    • Of course if just the ordinary joe wants to buy my script well, that's ok too.
    • Hard to imagine an average joe worrying about retirement.
  • 2 [mass noun] Coffee: a cup of joe
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    • In parts of Asia kopi luwak is a highly prized cup of joe made of coffee beans that can cost $150 per pound.
    • You have to buy breakfast, and as was the case in World War II, you'll be getting just a regular cup of joe, no fancy coffee drinks.
    • My take is that gelato is to ice cream what a mocha-caramel latte is to a cup of joe.


mid 19th century: pet form of the given name Joseph; compare with Joe Bloggs. sense 2 arose in the 1940s.

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