Pronunciation 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. Any of various large papilionid butterflies of the genus Graphium.
  4. (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.
  5. (obsolete) Promiscuous woman; prostitute.
Synonyms Translations Noun

jay (plural jays)

  1. The name of the Latin script letter 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.
  • French: ji
  • German: Jot
  • Italian: i lunga
  • Portuguese: jota
  • Russian: джей
  • Spanish: jota

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. Surname from Old French jai, a nickname for a chatty or showy person.cln en
  2. A hamlet in Herefordshire, England.cln en
  3. A locale in US.
    1. A town in Maine, ;.
    2. A town in New York, ;.
    3. A city/county seat in Delaware County, Oklahoma.
    4. A town in Florida, ;.
    5. A town on the Canadian border in Vermont.
    6. A former settlement in California.
Proper noun
  1. A male given name, or for any name beginning with ⟨J⟩; also used as a formal given name.
  2. A female given name
    • 1947, Alpha Delta Pi, The Adelphean (volume 40, issue 2, page 102)
      To Lt. and Mrs. John Ellingston (Beth Vollstedt), a daughter, Jay Karen, on September 17, 1945.
    • 2007, Gráinne Smith, Families, Carers and Professionals: Building Constructive Conversations
      In 1993, my daughter Jay returned home aged 21 after a disastrous marriage.
    • 2010, Ray Thompson, Fires Within (page 206)
      Within a few weeks, having endured a number of lengthy interviews, Jay found herself working in the Beijing office of the bureau of information.

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