- any of several corvids, usually strikingly colored birds, as the Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius) or the blue jay
- Informal a foolish or talkative person
Origin of jayMiddle English ; from Old French gai ; from Late Latin gaius, a jay, probably echoic, but spelling, spelled influenced, influence by the Classical Latin proper name Gaius
Origin of jay; from j(oint), : phonetic spelling, spelled of name of initial letter
- Any of various birds of several genera in the family Corvidae, usually brightly colored and often having a loud, harsh call. Also called jaybird.
- An overly talkative person; a chatterbox.
Origin of jayMiddle English jai, from Old French, from Late Latin gaius, gaia, perhaps from Latin Gaius, personal name.
- Any one of the numerous species of birds belonging to several genera within the family Corvidae, including Garrulus, Cyanocitta, allied to the crows, but smaller, more graceful in form, often handsomely colored, usually having a crest, and often noisy.
- Other birds of similar appearance and behavior.
- (archaic) A dull or ignorant person. It survives today in the term jaywalking.
- (slang) A marijuana cigarette; a joint.
- (bird): Old World jay, gray jay, American jay
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.