Definition of jones in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʒəʊnz/
US informal


A fixation on or compulsive desire for someone or something, typically a drug; an addiction: a two-year amphetamine jones
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  • So if you have a jones to live like a virtual Skywalker, and can get over the steep learning curve the game presents, and resign yourself to a fairly equal ratio of adventuring to downtime, Star Wars Galaxies can be great.
  • The jones, the real smack was not the chemicals themselves, but the euphoria of the endless possibilities set off by the acquisition of the substance.
  • Seriously, this site has provoked my writerly instincts and definitely fed my Cyke jones.


[no object] (jones on/for)
Have a fixation on; be addicted to: Palmer was jonesing for some coke again
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  • At any given time of day, junkies line up inside, jonesing for their over-the-counter drugs.
  • If all the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter hype has you jonesing for some sci-fi or fantasy with a gay flavor, the Web can help you find it.
  • Be honest, you've known for a while that Foster's been jonesing on you.


1960s: said to come from Jones Alley, in Manhattan, associated with drug addicts.

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