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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun [capitalized] A diminutive of the name John.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Among sailors, a kind of penguin, Pygoscelis tæniata.
  • noun The fish Etheostoma nigrum, a kind of darter.
  • noun A hanger-on about a theater.

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

  • noun A familiar diminutive of john.
  • noun (Zoöl.), Local cant A sculpin.
  • noun a jocose designation of a Frenchman, or of the French people, collectively.

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

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

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

  • noun `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


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

[From the name Johnny, nickname for John.]



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  • "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

  • Also Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry

    February 9, 2008