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Meaning of POPINJAY

Pronunciation:  'pâpin`jey

WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
\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.
{Papagay}.]
1. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) The green woodpecker.
   (b) A parrot.

             The pye and popyngay speak they know not what.
                                               --Tyndale.

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.

 

 

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