• (Scotland) IPA: /dʒoː/

jo (plural jos)

  1. (Scotland) Darling, sweetheart.
    • 1711, traditional, published by James Watson, Old Long Syne:
      On Old long syne my Jo,
      on Old long syne,
      That thou canst never once reflect,
      on Old long syne.
    • My Jo Janet (traditional Scottish song)
      Keek into the draw-well, Janet, Janet;
      There ye'll see your bonnie sel',
      My jo, Janet.

    • (RP) IPA: /dʒəʊ/
    • (America) IPA: /dʒoʊ/
Proper noun
  1. A diminutive of the female given names Josephine, Joan, Joanna, Joanne, and Jolene. Often used in conjoined names such as Jo Ann or Mary Jo.
    • 1888 Marietta Holley: Josiah Allen's Wife as a P.A. and P.I.: Samantha at the Centennial: page 577:
      "Its name is Samantha Jo, after Josiah and me. You know they call girls Jo and Josie a sight lately; its name is agreeable to Josiah and me, very.
  2. A rare spelling variant of Joe, diminutive of the male given name Joseph.
    • 1853 Charles Dickens, Bleak House, Chapter XI:
      Name, Jo. Nothing else that he knows on. Don't know that everybody has two names. Never heerd of sich a think. Don't know that Jo is short for a longer name. Thinks it long enough for him. He don't find no fault with it. Spell it? No. He can't spell it.


jo (plural jos)

  1. (Philippines) Initialism of job order
  2. (Philippines) A job order employee.

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