- plural noun (in phr. keep up with the Joneses) strive not be outdone by one's neighbours.OriginC19: from the surname Jones.
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Joneses — /john ziz/, n.pl. one s neighbors, friends, business associates, etc.: Keeping up with the Joneses has put him in debt. [1925 30] * * * Joneses [ˈdʒəʊnzɪz] [ˈdʒoʊnzɪz] noun plural Idiom: ↑keep up with the Joneses … Useful english dictionary
Joneses — [[t]ʤo͟ʊnzɪz[/t]] also Jones PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone is keeping up with the Joneses, you mean that they are doing something in order to show that they have as much money as other people, rather than because they really want to… … English dictionary
Joneses — /john ziz/, n.pl. one s neighbors, friends, business associates, etc.: Keeping up with the Joneses has put him in debt. [1925 30] * * * … Universalium
Joneses — Jones|es [ˈdʒəunzız US ˈdʒoun ] n →keep up with the Joneses at keep up(4) … Dictionary of contemporary English
Joneses — Jone|ses [ dʒounzəz ] noun keep up with the Joneses INFORMAL to try to be as rich, successful, etc. as your neighbors … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
Joneses — noun see keep up with the Joneses keep 1 … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
Joneses — UK [ˈdʒəʊnzɪz] / US [ˈdʒoʊnzəz] noun keep up with the Joneses … English dictionary
Joneses — [ˈdʒəʊnzɪz] noun keep up with the Joneses informal to try to be as rich, successful etc as your neighbours[/ex] … Dictionary for writing and speaking English
Joneses — Jones•es [[t]ˈdʒoʊn zɪz[/t]] n. pl. keep up with the Joneses Etymology: 1925–30 … From formal English to slang
Joneses — keeping up with the. Not Jones’ or Jones’s or other common variants … Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors