popinjay

  • 1 Popinjay — 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,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 popinjay — (n.) late 13c., a parrot, from O.Fr. papegai (12c.), from Sp. papagayo, from Arabic babagha , possibly formed in an African or other non I.E. language and imitative of its cry. Used of people in a complimentary sense (in allusion to beauty and… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 popinjay — ► NOUN dated ▪ a vain or foppish person. ORIGIN Old French papingay parrot , from Arabic …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 popinjay — [päp′in jā΄] n. [ME papejai < MFr papagai, altered (infl. by gai: see JAY1) < Ar babghōʾ, babbaghāʾ < a WAfr language: of echoic orig.] 1. a parrot 2. Obs. a target consisting of a wooden parrot on a pole 3. a talkative, conceited person …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Popinjay — A popinjay is a noun signifying a vain person or fop . Popinjay may also refer to:* Popinjay (sport), a shooting sport that can be performed with either rifles or archery equipment * Popinjay, Stibochiona nicea , a species of butterfly * Popinjay …

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  • 6 popinjay — UK [ˈpɒpɪnˌdʒeɪ] / US [ˈpɑpɪnˌdʒeɪ] noun [countable] Word forms popinjay : singular popinjay plural popinjays mainly literary an old word meaning a young man who cares too much about his appearance …

    English dictionary

  • 7 popinjay — Yaffle Yaf fle, n. [Probably imitative of its call or cry.] (Zo[ o]l.) The European green woodpecker ({Picus viridis} syn. {Genius viridis}). It is noted for its loud laughlike note. Called also {eccle}, {hewhole}, {highhoe}, {laughing bird},… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 popinjay — noun Etymology: Middle English papejay parrot, from Middle French papegai, papejai, from Arabic babghā Date: 1596 a strutting supercilious person …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 popinjay — /pop in jay /, n. 1. a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter; coxcomb; fop. 2. Brit. Dial. a woodpecker, esp. the green woodpecker. 3. Archaic. the figure of a parrot usually fixed on a pole and used as a target in archery… …

    Universalium

  • 10 popinjay — noun /ˈpɒpɪnʤeɪ,ˈpɑpɪnˌʤeɪ/ a) A strutting supercilious person; a coxcomb, dandy, fop. b) A parrot or green woodpecker …

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  • 11 Popinjay — Target for archers made from feathers or plumage attached to a pole; they resembled birds and were hung free to move …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 12 Popinjay —    The Hostel of the Abbot and Convent of Cicestre was called Popyngaye in Fletestrete, 1430 (Ct. H.W. II. 454).    See Poppin s Court …

    Dictionary of London

  • 13 popinjay — pop|in|jay [ papın,dʒeı ] noun count MAINLY LITERARY an old word meaning a young man who cares too much about his appearance …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 popinjay — see PARROT …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 15 popinjay — pop·in·jay || pÉ‘pɪndÊ’eɪ pÉ’ / n. showoff, arrogant person; braggart, boastful person; fop, man who is overly concerned with his appearance; parrot (type of bird) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 16 popinjay — [ pɒpɪndʒeɪ] noun 1》 dated a vain, foppish, or conceited person. 2》 archaic a parrot. Origin ME: from OFr. papingay, via Sp. from Arab. babbaġā …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 popinjay — n. Fop, coxcomb, dandy, exquisite, beau, macaroni, jackanapes, jack a dandy, man milliner, man of dress; vain, showy fellow, petitmaître …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 18 popinjay — noun (C) old use a young man who is too proud of his appearance …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 popinjay — n coxcomb, dandy, jack a dandy, fop, dude, beau, spark; blade, Chiefly Brit. blood, buck, jackanapes, whippersnapper; Fr. petit maitre. Beau Brummel, macaroni, Archaic. princox; exquisite, Sl. peacock, prinker, preener, show off; fashion plate,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 20 popinjay — pop·in·jay …

    English syllables