long johns

long johns
long johns type of warm underwear, 1943, originally for U.S. GIs. By 1919 as a type of pastry. Long john also was used of various sorts of worm, potato, sled, etc.

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  • long johns — [ˈlɔŋ dʒɔnz US ˈlo:ŋ dʒa:nz] n [plural] [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: From the male name John] warm underwear with long legs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • long johns — [ lɔŋ ,dʒanz ] noun plural warm underwear with long legs, worn especially by men in the past …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • long johns — long′ johns n. pl. clo long underwear • Etymology: 1940–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • long johns — ☆ long johns n. Informal long underwear …   English World dictionary

  • long johns — ► PLURAL NOUN informal ▪ underpants with closely fitted legs extending to the wearer s ankles …   English terms dictionary

  • long johns — noun warm underwear with long legs • Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism, ↑plural, ↑plural form • Hypernyms: ↑underwear, ↑underclothes, ↑underclothing * * * noun plural …   Useful english dictionary

  • long johns — N PLURAL: also a pair of N Long johns are warm underpants with long legs …   English dictionary

  • long johns — winter underwear with long sleeves and legs    If you are going cross country skiing, put on your long johns …   English idioms

  • long johns — /ˈlɒŋ dʒɒnz/ (say long jonz) plural noun Colloquial a pair of long warm underpants …  

  • long johns — noun plural Date: 1943 long underwear …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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