- The definition of a Johnny-come-lately is a newcomer, or is someone who is late to accepting a position or late to arriving at an event.
A newcomer to an idea who is late in accepting what everyone else already believes to be true is an example of a Johnny-come-lately.
Johnny-come-lately definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. Johnny-come-latelies
one who is late or recent in arriving at a place, position, or viewpoint
Johnny-come-lately definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. John·ny-come-late·lies or John·nies-come-late·ly Informal
A newcomer or latecomer, especially a recent adherent to a cause or trend.
johnny-come-lately - Phrases/Idioms
A newcomer, as in She may be a Johnny-come-lately on the board, but she's doing a fine job with publicity. [1830s]