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average Joe

An average, unexceptional, or ordinary person, especially a boy or man. So many movies try to cater to as many people as possible, watered down for the average Joe. I like to think I'm a bit more intelligent than your average Joe.
See also: average, joe

cup of joe

A cup of coffee. Though the true origin is unknown, "joe" as a synonym for coffee is theorized to either be a shortening of "jamoke" (a combination of Java and Mocha, two major suppliers of coffee beans), or as a reference to it being the drink of the ordinary man (i.e., the "average joe"). Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I can't even function in the morning until I've had my first cup of joe.
See also: cup, joe, of

cuppa joe

A cup of coffee (where "cuppa" is a colloquial contraction of "cup of"). Though the true origin is unknown, "joe" as a synonym for coffee is theorized to either be a shortening of "jamoke" (a combination of Java and Mocha, two major suppliers of coffee beans), or as a reference to it being the drink of the ordinary man (i.e., the "average joe"). Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I can't even function in the morning until I've had my first cuppa joe.
See also: cuppa, joe

Joe Average

The average, ordinary, or typical person. Primarily heard in US. The inner workings of congress might be familiar to a political science student like yourself, but to Joe Average, it is often a completely unknown process. We strive to ensure that our computers can handle the highest demands of an IT professional but still remain accessible to Joe Average.
See also: average, joe

joe job

1. Any uninteresting, unstimulating, or unrewarding job, task, or activity. Primarily heard in US. I thought that this internship would give me some insight into the world of investment banking, but mostly I've just been given joe jobs around the office.
2. Any menial or low-class job, especially one that is low-paying. Primarily heard in Canada. I took on all sorts of joe jobs to support myself while I was in university.
See also: job, joe

Joe Sixpack

An average guy, typically of the working class. My brother's just your typical guy, a real Joe Sixpack—you can find him watching a sporting event in a bar after work pretty much any night of the week.
See also: joe

holy Joe

1. a chaplain; a cleric; a clergyman. I went to see the holy Joe, and he was a lot of help. Old holy Joe wants to see all of us at services.
2. a very pious person. Martin looks stuffy, but he's no holy Joe. Don't let that holy Joe hear about what you've done.
See also: holy, joe

Joe Bloggs

  (British & Australian)
an ordinary person There's no point asking your average Joe Bloggs what he thinks about opera.
See also: joe

Joe Blow

  (American & Australian)
an ordinary person Television today is geared to your average Joe Blow.
See also: blow, joe

Joe Public

  (British informal)
the public The test of any new product is will Joe Public buy it?
See also: joe, public

John Doe

a man or boy whose real name must be kept secret or is not known, especially in a court of law The patient was referred to in court documents as John Doe.
See also: doe, john

Joe Six-pack

A lower-middle-class male. For example, I don't think opera will appeal to Joe Six-pack; he'd prefer a rock concert. This disparaging term, first recorded in 1977, conjures up the image of a man in undershirt and construction helmet who will down all of a six-pack (six cans or bottles of beer sold in a package) in an evening.
See also: joe

John Doe

1. Also, John Q. Public; Joe Blow; Joe Doakes; Joe Zilch. An average undistinguished man; also, the average citizen. For example, This television show is just right for a John Doe, or It's up to John Q. Public to go to the polls and vote. Originally used from the 13th century on legal documents as an alias to protect a witness, John Doe acquired the sense of "ordinary person" in the 1800s. The variants date from the 1900s. Also see Joe six-pack.
2. Also, Jane Doe. An unknown individual, as in The police found a John Doe lying on the street last night, or The judge issued a warrant for the arrest of the perpetrators, Jane Doe no. 1 and Jane Doe no. 2 . [Second half of 1900s]
See also: doe, john

good Joe

n. a good fellow. Fred’s a little slow on the uptake, but he’s a good Joe.
See also: good, joe

holy Joe

1. n. a chaplain; a cleric; a clergyman. Old holy Joe wants to see all of us at services.
2. n. a very pious person. Don’t let that holy Joe hear about what you’ve done.
See also: holy, joe


1. n. coffee. Yeah, a cup of black joe would be great.
2. n. an ordinary man. What does the everyday joe make of all this nonsense?

Joe Blow

and Joe Doakes (ˈdʒo ˈblo and ˈdʒo ˈdoks)
n. a typical or average male American citizen. What do you think Joe Blow really thinks about all this? Joe Doakes thinks the government ought to pay for all medical care.
See also: blow, joe

Joe Doakes

See also: Doakes, joe

Joe Citizen

(ˈdʒo ˈsɪtəsnæ)
n. a general term for a male representative of the public. Joe Citizen hasn’t spoken yet! Watch the results of the election.
See also: citizen, joe

Joe College

n. a typical or average male college student. Joe College never had a computer or a laser-powered record player in the good old days.
See also: college, joe

Joe Schmo

(ˈdʒo ˈʃmo)
n. a jerk. Let’s say Joe Schmo wants a new car. What does he do?
See also: joe, schmo

Joe Six-pack

n. the average guy who sits around drinking beer by the six-pack. Joe Six-pack likes that kind of television program.
See also: joe

John Doe

and Jane Doe (ˈdʒɑn ˈdo)
n. a name used for a person whose real name is unknown. The tag on the corpse said Jane Doe, since no one had identified her. John Doe was the name at the bottom of the check.
See also: doe, john

quality Joe

n. an innocent or straight (male) person. (Underworld.) Lefty is not what I would call your average quality Joe.
See also: joe, quality

Joe Blow

An ordinary person. That phrase meant just an average guy—any old Joe (“Joe Doakes” was a variation). It was the predecessor of “Joe Sixpack.” In fact, “Joe” was such a common first name (or nickname) that it became a slang word for coffee, which was also found everywhere.
See also: blow, joe

Joe College

A typical male college student. The phrase came on the scene in the 1930s, usually applied approvingly, but occasionally as a label for a student whom the academic life sheltered from having to hold down a “real job” in the “real world.”
See also: college, joe

Say it ain't so, Joe

Your admitting your mistake would break my heart. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was involved in the “Black Sox” baseball scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players were accused of fixing the 1919 World Series. Legend has it that as Jackson was leaving the courthouse, a young fan tugged on his sleeve and, in a voice full of emotion, said, “Say it ain't so, Joe.” When Jackson confirmed the accusation, the lad realized that his idol had feet of clay.
See also: joe, say
References in classic literature ?
When George Willard had been for a year on the Winesburg Eagle, four things happened to Joe Wel- ling.
Upon the baseball field Joe Welling stood by first base, his whole body quivering with excitement.
I certainly shan't hold my hand, when I can get anything in it by reaching it out, for the sake of such a man as he was, I promise you, Joe,' returned the woman coolly.
said old Joe, stopping in his work, and looking up.
Well," said Joe, glancing up at the Dutch clock, "she's been on the Ram-page, this last spell, about five minutes, Pip.
Joe, throwing the door wide open, and finding an obstruction behind it, immediately divined the cause, and applied Tickler to its further investigation.
New York might be too much for her, but she could cope with Joe.
But it was not the Joe she remembered, he of the twisted ringers and silent stare.
With such profound faith as Joe felt in the doctor, it is not to be wondered at that incessant discussions sprang up between him and Kennedy, without any lack of respect to the latter, however.
By-the-way," said Joe, "you know that the weighing comes off to-day.
There happened to be a bath-tub for the servants in the laundry building, and he electrified Joe by taking a cold bath.
Joe announced, as they sat down to breakfast in a corner of the hotel kitchen.
He's with me," Joe said to the door-keeper, who was talking with a policeman.
Magister praised the sky in that sketch I made in the park," said Joe.
I don't suppose anything of the kind,' returned Joe.