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Meaning of POPINJAY

Pronunciation:  'pâpin`jey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  archaic
  2. [n]  a vain and talkative person (chatters like a parrot)
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 See Also: egoist, egotist, parrot, swellhead



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pop"in*jay\, n. [OE. popingay, papejay, OF. papegai,
papegaut; cf. Pr. papagai, Sp. & Pg. papagayo, It.
pappagallo, LGr. ?, NGr. ?; in which the first syllables are
perhaps imitative of the bird's chatter, and the last either
fr. L. gallus cock, or the same word as E. jay, F. geai. Cf.
1. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) The green woodpecker.
   (b) A parrot.

             The pye and popyngay speak they know not what.

2. A target in the form of a parrot. [Scot.]

3. A trifling, chattering, fop or coxcomb. ``To be so
   pestered with a popinjay.'' --Shak.