jay

jay

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English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: , IPA(key): /dʒeɪ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪ

Etymology 1

From Middle English jay, from Old French jai ("jay"; Modern French geai), from Old French jai (gay, merry), so named due to its plumage, from Old Frankish *gāhi (quick, impetuous), from Proto-Germanic *ganhuz, *ganhwaz (sudden), cognate with Dutch gaai (jay). More at gay.

Noun

jay (plural jays)

  1. Any one of the numerous species of birds belonging to several genera within the family Corvidae, including Garrulus, Cyanocitta, Aphelocoma, Perisoreus, Cyanocorax, Gymnorhinus, Cyanolyca, Ptilostomus, and Calocitta, allied to the crows, but smaller, more graceful in form, often handsomely colored, usually having a crest, and often noisy.
  2. Other birds of similar appearance and behavior.
  3. (archaic) A dull or ignorant person. It survives today in the term jaywalking.
    • 1900, Harry B. Norris, Burlington Bertie (song)
      Burlington Bertie's the latest young jay
      He rents a swell flat somewhere Kensington way
      He spends the good oof that his pater has made
      Along with the Brandy and Soda Brigade.
  4. (obsolete) Promiscuous woman; prostitute.
Synonyms
  • (bird): Jenny jay, jay pie, k, kae (UK); bluejay, whisky jack (US)
  • (ignorant person): See Thesaurus:ignoramus
  • (promiscuous woman): See Thesaurus:promiscuous woman or Thesaurus:prostitute
Hyponyms
  • (bird): Old World jay, gray jay, American jay
Derived terms
Translations
See also
  • Jay on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Corvidae on Wikispecies.Wikispecies

Etymology 2

Respelling of the letter jy, by analogy with the following letter kay.

Noun

jay (plural jays)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter J/j.
  2. (slang) A marijuana cigarette; a joint.
    • 2009, Caitlin Moran, The Times, 23 Mar 2009:
      Although sympathetic, my main reaction was to think: “Some people can handle it, and some people can’t,” and then smugly light up a big fat jay.
Derived terms
  • deejay
  • jaycee
Translations
See also
  • (Latin-script letter names) letter; a, bee, cee, dee, e, ef, gee, aitch, i, jay, kay, el, em, en, o, pee, cue, ar, ess, tee, u, vee, double-u, ex, wye, zee / zed

References

  • jay in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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Noun

jay

  1. home

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • jai, gaye, jey

Etymology

From Old French jai, from Frankish *gāhi or Late Latin gaius. Doublet of gay.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dʒɛi̯/

Noun

jay (plural jayes)

  1. jay (bird)

Descendants

  • English: jay
  • Scots: jay

References

  • “jai (n.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-06-18.

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