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

  • n. Heroin.
  • n. An addiction or craving.
  • intransitive v. To have an eager or intense desire: was jonesing for caffeine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Heroin.
  • n. An addiction or intense craving.
  • v. Have an intense craving.


Perhaps from the name Jones.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ed Boland, in The New York Times, March 2002, attributes the term to heroin addicts who frequented Great Jones Alley in New York City, off Great Jones Street between Broadway and Lafayette Street, although the slang term has obviously been around much longer. (Wiktionary)



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