Meaning of Darby and Joan in English:

Darby and Joan

Pronunciation /dɑːbi ən ˈdʒəʊn/


  • A devoted old married couple.

    • ‘You might have sat, like Darby and Joan, and flattered each other; and billed and cooed like a pair of old pigeons on a perch.’


Late 18th century from a poem (1735) in the Gentleman's Magazine, which contained the lines ‘Old Darby, with Joan by his side … They're never happy asunder.’.