- a young kangaroo
- Austral. any young animal
Origin of joeyfrom joè, name in a language of Australia
nounpl. jo·eys Australian
Origin of joeyOrigin unknown
Older and more general sources state that joey comes from an Australian aboriginal language, but newer sources which focus on Australian English and aboriginal languages say the origin is unknown. The Australian National Dictionary includes a sense of “young possum” with citations predating the earliest “young kangaroo” citations.