from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete form at yawn. Compare chawn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete See yawn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun slang Something; any object, place or thing.
  • noun slang A woman.
  • verb Obsolete form of yawn.


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  • Also Jawnt or Joint. Used to describe any person, place, or especially a thing.

    May 29, 2008

  • Also: original spelling of yawn.

    July 1, 2009

  • "The word “jawn” is unlike any other English word. In fact, according to the experts that I spoke to, it’s unlike any other word in any other language. It is an all-purpose noun, a stand-in for inanimate objects, abstract concepts, events, places, individual people, and groups of people. It is a completely acceptable statement in Philadelphia to ask someone to “remember to bring that jawn to the jawn.”"

    -- Atlas Obscura: "The Enduring Mystery Of 'Jawn', Philadelphia's All-Purpose Noun" by Dan Nosowitz (

    February 6, 2017