Definition of Johnny reb

1. 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.

Exact synonyms: Greyback, Johnny, Reb, Rebel
Language type: Colloquialism
Generic synonyms: Confederate Soldier

Definition of Johnny reb

1. Proper noun. (obsolete informal) A Confederate soldier in the American civil war Civil War. ¹

2. Proper noun. (by extension) The Confederacy in general ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Johnny Reb

Johne's bacillus
Johne's disease
Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Canuck
Johnny Foreigner
Johnny Moss
Johnny Reb
Johnny onions
Johns Hopkins
Johnson's method
Johnson City
Johnson solid

Literary usage of Johnny reb

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Aunt Caroline's Dixieland Recipes by Emma McKinney, William McKinney (1922)
"Add sweet potatoes and work the lard in lightly. Mix with milk to make soft dough, roll thin cut into biscuits and bake in quick oven. johnny reb CAKE 2 ..."

2. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"1885 By the Widow Perkins (said another), if johnny reb hasn't taken their rudders away, and sent them adrift.— Admiral Porter, ' Incidents of the Civil ..."

3. The Outdoor Handy Book by Daniel Carter Beard (1900)
"to see who shall be " It" or johnny reb, Johnny takes his place on his land, ... Of course they use what taunts they can to excite johnny reb, as " Eighteen ..."

4. The Southern Amaranth: A Carefully Selected Collection of Poems Growing Out by Sallie A. Brock (1869)
"a Yankee cried; " Excuse me," johnny reb replied, " For I have nought to wear ... Poor johnny reb! what could he do But tremble, and repentant view The ..."

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