Jawn Meaning: The Definition of Jawn and How to Use It

What does Jawn mean? What is the definition of this internet slang word? Learn how and when to use this online term with ESL infographic and useful conversation examples in English.

Jawn Meaning

What Does Jawn Mean?

Jawn is interesting as it can mean quite literally anything. Jawn can be used to replace any noun. It is up to the speaker to decide which words he or she wants to replace with Jawn. Other times, especially among male friends, Jawn will refer to a woman.


Jawn originated in Philadelphia sometime in the mid-20th century. Some sources say it developed in the 1990s and from the New York slang “joint” but it may have been in use even earlier. Interestingly, Jawn can be seen similar to a ethnic slang as it’s usage is mainly in Philadelphia and by those living there, with very rare outside usage.

Other Meanings

Jawn is a name, but besides the slang or the name it does not have any other meanings.

Conversation Examples

Text Between Friends:

  • Friend 1: Yo! Did you see that jawn yesterday?
  • Friend 2: Hell yeah I did! That was one fine jawn. My mouth was on da floor.
  • Friend 1: Hey man, I saw that jawn first.
  • Friend 2: You said that about the last jawn, dude.
  • Friend 1: Fine, that jawn is yours if we see jawn again.

Text Between Friends 2:

  • Friend 1: So I went down to that jawn again.
  • Friend 2: Again? Didn’t I tell you to stay away from that Jawn?
  • Friend 1: I know. But they had the best cheese steaks in all of Philly.
  • Friend 2: You know that’s a lie. That Jawn is just a ripoff of Hungry Mike’s.
  • Friend 1: I know, I know. But their prices are cheaper.
  • Friend 2: Yeah, cause that Jawn is a ripoff with sub-par steak.

Other Ways to Say the Slang Word

The only difference in using Jawn is if the J will be capitalized or not. It can spelled as both Jawn or jawn. There are no other variations with Jawn.

Jawn Meaning Infographic