popinjay definition by Webster's New World
- a parrot
- Obsolete a target consisting of a wooden parrot on a pole
- a talkative, conceited person
Origin: Middle 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
popinjay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, parrot, from Old French papegai, from Spanish papagayo or Old Provençal papagai, both from Arabic babġā’, babaġā’, from Persian babbaghā.