Johnny-jump-up

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Etymology[edit]

From Johnny + jump + up.

Noun[edit]

Johnny-jump-up (plural Johnny-jump-ups)

  1. (North America) Any of several violets or pansies.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010 p. 6:
      He spoke almost dreamily, as if he was all by himself, out in the woods, picking johnny-jump-ups.