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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A loose short-sleeved gown opening in the back, worn by patients undergoing medical treatment or examination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A condom.
  • n. An inexperienced new worker, usually an immigrant.
  • n. A gown with a back opening closed with snaps or ties, worn by hospital patients.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A familiar diminutive of john.
  • n. A sculpin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [capitalized] A diminutive of the name John.
  • n. In ichthyology, a cottoid fish, Oligocottus maculosus, with a naked skin, slender head narrowed above, and pointed snout. It is a small species, very abundant along the western coast of the United States.
  • n. Among sailors, a kind of penguin, Pygoscelis tæniata.
  • n. The fish Etheostoma nigrum, a kind of darter.
  • n. A hanger-on about a theater.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. `Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `greyback' derived from their grey Confederate uniforms

Etymologies

From the name Johnny, nickname for John.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Also Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry

    February 9, 2008

  • "Frankie & Johnny," by Duke Ellington (among others)
    "Hangin' Johnny" by Great Big Sea (among others)
    "Gently Johnny" by Paul Giovanni
    "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier," and of course "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
    And "Johnny Scobie."

    February 9, 2008