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Joe \Joe\, n. See Johannes.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"coffee," by 1941, perhaps late 1930s, of unknown origin. Meaning "generic fellow, man" is from 1846, from the pet-form of Joseph (q.v.). Used in a wide range of invented names meaning "typical male example of," for example Joe college "typical college man" (1932); Joe Blow "average fellow" is U.S. military slang, first recorded 1941. "Dictionary of American Slang" lists, among other examples, Joe Average, Beige, Lunch Bucket, Public, Sad, Schmoe, Six-pack, Yale, Zilch\n


Etymology 1 n. (context informal English) A male; a guy; a fellow. Etymology 2

n. (context chiefly US informal English) coffee.


Joe may refer to:

Joe (singer)

Joseph Lewis Thomas (born July 5, 1973), better known by his stage name, Joe, is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer.

Joe (1970 film)

Joe is a 1970 drama film distributed by Cannon Films and starring Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick and Susan Sarandon in her film debut. The film was directed by John G. Avildsen.


(sometimes translated from Japanese as "pure cloth") is a garment worn in Japan by people attending religious ceremonies and activities, including Buddhist and Shinto related occasions. The jōe is essentially a white kariginu, traditional hunting robes worn by nobles during the Heian period.

Not only Shinto and Buddhist priests can be found wearing Jōe at rituals, but laymen as well, for example when participating in pilgrimage such as the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The garment is usually white or yellow and is made of linen or silk depending on its kind and use.

The Shinto priest who wears the jōe is attired in a peaked cap called tate-eboshi, an outer tunic called the jōe proper, an outer robe called jōe no sodegukuri no o, an undergarment called hitoe, ballooning trousers called sashinuki or nubakama, and a girdle called jōe no ate-obi. He can carry a ceremonial wand called haraegushi or another called shaku, as in the photo.

Joe (Red Hot Chili Peppers song)
Joe (magazine)

Joe was a popular magazine published in Kenya in the 1970s, at the height of what acclaimed publisher Henry Chakava described as the "fat years" of Kenyan publishing. Joe magazine was one in a number of popular publications aimed at the new urban middle and lower-middle classes. What set Joe magazine apart was its subversive use of humour, as well as its use of art and fiction as a narrative frame for cultural, social and political analysis. This strategy was seminal not only in educating and activating its readers but also in providing a platform for new fiction writers and artists to develop their talents.

Founded by writer/publisher Hillary Ng'weno and artist Terry Hirst, Joe magazine published regularly between 1973 and 1979. The magazine was named after "Joe", a common man who used humour to deal with and expose the realities of urban life in contemporary Africa. This epitomized Joe magazine's aim; readers were encouraged to do the same, and enter into a dialogue with the character, and thus the magazine. Hirst described Joe as "a survivor who has to laugh to keep from crying."

Taking its cue from Drum, Joe magazine employed street-wise language in comic strips, fiction stories and thematic columns to explore everyday problems of the urban population. Its letters column, "Dear Joe", like Drum's "Speak up Man", encouraged interaction from readers. The magazine also carried an original short story in every issue, nurturing writers such as Sam Kahiga and Meja Mwangi, and even Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, who occasionally contributed to the magazine. Joe's main distinguishing factor was its use of graphics, drawings, illustrated jokes and comic strips, such as "City Life" by Edward Gitau, "O.K, Sue! A City-Girl's View" by Kimani Gathingiri and Terry Hirst's "Daddy Wasiwasi & Co" and "The Good, the Bed and the Ugali", all of which created a lasting impression on Kenya's visual culture.

Ng'weno left Joe magazine in 1974 and in 1979 Hirst renamed the magazine Joe Homestead, increasing the number of comic strips and adding a new section on family, nutrition and health - perhaps to take Joe magazine from its original urban setting to a more rural one. However, the new title did not attract advertisers and the magazine shut down in August 1979.

Joe (1924 film)

Joe is a 1924 Australian silent film comedy directed by Beaumont Smith based on the stories of Henry Lawson about the character Joe Wilson.

It is believed to be a lost film.

Joe (2013 film)

Joe is a 2013 drama film directed by David Gordon Green and starring Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan and Ronnie Gene Blevins. It is an adaptation of Larry Brown's 1991 novel of the same name and premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, with a subsequent screening at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Joe (Inspiral Carpets song)

Joe is a single by British Alternative rock and psychedelic rock band Inspiral Carpets. It was released in 1989.

Written in 1985, it was first recorded on New Year's Eve 1987 as part of the demo album Dung 4, which was released in May 1989. The original version was written by Clint Boon and sung by Stephen Holt, but when Tom Hingley joined the band in 1988, it was modified. The modified version, issued on the "Joe" 12" in 1989 became the standard, and it was still played even after Holt rejoined the band.

Joe (TV series)

Joe is a 1966 British children's TV series written by Alison Prince broadcast as part of the Watch With Mother slot. It was produced by Q3 London.

Books based on the series included Joe and the Nursery School and Joe Moves House, written with Joan Hickson.

Joe (given name)

Joe is a masculine given name, usually a short form ( hypocorism) of Joseph.

It may refer to:


  • Joe Amato (disambiguation)
  • Joe Becker (disambiguation)
  • Joe Biden (born 1942), Vice President of the United States and former senator
  • Joe Borowski (baseball) (born 1971), American sports broadcaster and former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Joe Borowski (politician) (1933–1996), Canadian politician
  • Joe Brown (disambiguation)
  • Joe Coleman (disambiguation)
  • Joe Connor (disambiguation)
  • Joe Costello (politician) (born 1945), Irish Labour Party politician
  • Joe Courtney (basketball) (born 1969), American former basketball player
  • Joe Courtney (politician) (born 1953), American politician
  • Joe DeRita, American and actor born Joseph Wardell (1909-1993), the second Curly of the Three Stooges
  • Joe Egan (musician) (born 1946), Scottish musician
  • Joe Egan (Paralympian) (born 1953), Australian Paralympian
  • Joe Egan (rugby league) (1919–2012), English rugby league footballer and coach
  • Joe Esposito (disambiguation)
  • Joe Harris (disambiguation)
  • Joe Johnson (disambiguation)
  • Joe Jones (disambiguation)
  • Joe Kelly (disambiguation)
  • Joe Louis (disambiguation)
  • Joe Lydon (boxer) (1878–1937), American Olympic welterweight boxer and soccer player
  • Joe Lydon (rugby) (born 1963), English rugby league footballer and rugby union coach
  • Joe Lynch (actor) (1925–2001), Irish film actor
  • Joe Lynch (boxer) (1898–1965), American world bantamweight champion
  • Joe Lynch (director), American film and music video director
  • Joe Martin (disambiguation)
  • Joe O'Donnell (disambiguation)
  • Joe Perry (American football) (1927–2011), American National Football League and All-America Football Conference player
  • Joe Perry (musician) (born 1950), stag name of American musician Anthony Joseph Pereira, lead guitarist of Aerosmith
  • Joe Perry (snooker player) (born 1974), English snooker player
  • Joe Quinn (disambiguation)
  • Joe Riley (disambiguation)
  • Joe Sakic (born 1969), Canadian former National Hockey League player, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Joe Sayers (cricketer) (born 1983), English cricketer
  • Joe Thomas (disambiguation)
  • Joe Williams (disambiguation)
  • Joe the Plumber, American conservative activist and commentator Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (born 1973), gained national attention during the 2008 U.S. presidential election


  • Joe Bruin, the official mascot of the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Joe Bush (ghost), American ghost
  • Joe Lynch (Home and Away), fictional character on the Australian soap opera Home and Away
  • Joe Shmoe, a fictional name like John Doe

Category:English-language masculine given names

Usage examples of "joe".

Once the two-hundred-foot abseiling rope was on the ground, Joe and Fat Boy would start to ease themselves out of the heli so that their feet were on the deck and their bodies were at forty-five degrees to the ground.

Providence, evidently, was on the side of Joe Aldehyde and working overtime.

A year of freedom just for helping Joe Aldehyde to get his hands on Pala.

And even if Joe Aldehyde did get his concession, they could still go on making love in the style to which they were accustomed.

Neither Joe Aldehyde nor the Rani had told him of this most recent rebuff.

Joe was the smart one, the one who could calculate algebraic equations in his head, the one who would go on to a brilliant career in finance, just like his father.

Just as they had delivered Joe and Bill back the same day after weeks on Algor and Bakor?

The operation of a few controls could put them in touch with Algor immediately, Joe reflected.

Still forgetful of his new alpaca overcoat, the commissioner strode from the grill room by the usual door, expecting Cardona to follow, which Joe did, with a grin.

On the one hand, we can turn Joe down and stay, mebbe help Amicus rebuild.

If the arbitrator decides that Joe is innocent, Tannahelp agrees to pay Joe and Dawn Defense an indemnity to make up for their time and trouble.

CHAPTER ONE BIG JOE, the tiger cat, poised for another playful spring at the tangle of cod line Asey Mayo was patiently unwinding in the woodshed of his Cape Cod home, abruptly changed his mind in mid - air.

But Joe continued to crouch by the door and snarl, and suddenly Asey heard the unmistakable sounds of the dining - room entry floor boards creaking.

Joe relaxed and focused his yellow eyes questioningly on Asey, who shrugged.

Sonora Joe, who was one of the selected chiefs of our auriferous republic.