from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A toilet.
  • noun A man who is a prostitute's customer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A common name for a man or boy, often used, like Jack,- its synonym, to designate a man or a boy in general or indefinitely, especially an awkward fellow.

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

  • noun A proper name of a man.
  • noun a sort of apple ripe about St. John's Day. Same as Apple-john.
  • noun an ideal personification of the typical characteristics of an Englishman, or of the English people.
  • noun English character.
  • noun (Law) the name formerly given to the fictitious plaintiff in an action of ejectment.
  • noun (Zoöl.) An oval, compressed, European food fish (Zeus faber). Its color is yellow and olive, with golden, silvery, and blue reflections. It has a round dark spot on each side. Called also dory, doree, and St. Peter's fish.

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

  • noun slang A prostitute's client.
  • noun slang, US A lavatory, toilet.
  • noun slang An outhouse privy. Also johnny house.
  • noun slang A name often used as a generic reference to a male of European, North-American, or Australian origin, while travelling in East Asia.

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

  • noun (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally said to be the author of the 4th Gospel and three epistles and the book of Revelation
  • noun a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
  • noun youngest son of Henry II; King of England from 1199 to 1216; succeeded to the throne on the death of his brother Richard I; lost his French possessions; in 1215 John was compelled by the barons to sign the Magna Carta (1167-1216)
  • noun the last of the four Gospels in the New Testament
  • noun a prostitute's customer


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

[From the name John.]


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  • Ouch John, not even the first one to list your own name. I picture you putting Wordie online like opening an amusement park, and Riddley runs past you to get into the line for the best roller coater.

    November 15, 2007

  • Damn you, Riddley!

    Actually, I hadn't thought to Wordie myself until now. At least I got the username :-)

    WeirdNet (I love that coinage, CB), at it again. You'd think 'boys name' might be the first definition.

    November 15, 2007

  • Following an earlier discussion today, John is a username that is a capitonym.

    November 15, 2007

  • Much as I'd love to take credit, I think it was reesetee that came up with WeirdNet.

    November 15, 2007

  • It was--just after we noticed that WeirdNet is doing weird things with our definitions. I named it after a strange guy I knew years ago named Edward (a.k.a. Headweird).

    No offense to any Edwards out there. :-)

    November 15, 2007

  • "John Barbour" is a neat song by Great Big Sea.

    "John Henry" is an old folk tune I have a few recordings of.

    "Abraham, Martin and John" by Dion... "Sloop John B.," popularized by the Beach Boys... And one of the great songs from 1776 is "Sit Down, John."

    February 9, 2008

  • See Our John.

    April 28, 2009

  • As a shadowtailed riverhorse, some of the possibilities are zany, jock, Yank.

    August 24, 2009

  • It's been years (I'm assuming) since any of us have heard how John is doing. Before wordnik, we were wordie. I was frogapplause back then. As much as I love, love Erin, it all started with John.

    I was trying to compile the user names of all the old gang, but I was afraid of slighting someone by forgetting a name or two. Is there a list of all the wordie people somewhere?

    October 7, 2021

  • Hi vendingmachine! I hear from John from time to time, I will pass on your good wishes when I hear from him again! There are a few lists that feature Wordienames, including best-wordie-user-names and wordie-members, if that helps?

    October 10, 2021

  • Thanks, Erin. You're terrific.

    October 11, 2021