- an addiction to a drug, specif. to heroin
- any strong or compulsive craving
Origin of jonesfrom slang term jones, thing
- 1892-1980; U.S. educator & critic
- 1573-1652; Eng. architect & stage designer
- (born John Paul) 1747-92; Am. naval officer in the Revolutionary War, born in Scotland
- An addiction or craving.
intransitive verbjonesed, jones·ing, jones·es
Origin of jonesPerhaps from the name Jones
(third-person singular simple present joneses, present participle jonesing, simple past and past participle jonesed)
- (US, slang) Have an intense craving.
- I’m jonesing for some basketball.
Ed Boland, in The New York Times, March 2002, attributes the term to heroin addicts who frequented Great Jones Alley in New York City, off Great Jones Street between Broadway and Lafayette Street, although the slang term has obviously been around much longer.
Dan Waldorf explains that the noun use originated from heroin users.