bare-bellied Joe

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • bare-belly joe
  • bare-belly Joe


Variant of bare-bellied yoe (dialectal form of ewe), with final /d/ of bellied joining with initial /j/ of yeo to form /d͡ʒ/.


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bare-bellied Joe (plural bare-bellied Joes)

  1. (informal, Australia) A ewe with little or no wool on its belly, therefore requiring less time to shear.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The formerly common term is now most widely known (in various forms) from the lyrics of the traditional folk song Click Go The Shears.[1]


  1. ^ James Lambert The Macquarie Australian Slang Dictionary (Sydney: Macquarie Library) 2004, page 12.