- a parrot
- Obsolete a target consisting of a wooden parrot on a pole
- a talkative, conceited person
Origin of popinjayMiddle English papejai ; from Middle French papagai, altered (infl. by gai: see jay) ; from Arabic babghōʾ, babbaghāʾ ; from a West African language: of echoic origin, originally
A vain, talkative person.
Origin of popinjayMiddle English, parrot, from Old French papegai, from Spanish papagayo or Old Provençal papagai, both from Arabic babġā’, babaġā’, from Persian babbaghā.
- (now archaic) A parrot. [from 14th c.]
- (heraldry) A heraldic representation of a parrot. [from 15th c.]
- A vain, gaudy person; someone who is shallow or superficial. [from 16th c.]
- (archery) A target to be shot at, typically stuffed with feathers or plumage. [from 16th c.]
- (UK) The green woodpecker, Picus viridis. [from 19th c.]