Jay Definition

noun
The letter j.
American Heritage
Any of several corvids, usually strikingly colored birds, as the Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius) or the blue jay.
Webster's New World
A foolish or talkative person.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
Other birds of similar appearance and behavior.
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proper name
1745-1829; Am. statesman: 1st chief justice of the U.S. (1789-95)
Webster's New World
pronoun

A nickname for James, Jason, or for any male name beginning with a "J" ; also used as a formal given name.

Wiktionary
A nickname of female names beginning with a "J".
Wiktionary
other
(bird): Old World jay, gray jay, American jay.
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Other Word Forms of Jay

Noun

Singular:
jay
Plural:
jays

Origin of 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English jai from Old French from Late Latin gāius, gāia perhaps from Latin Gāius personal name

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Respelling of the letter jy, by analogy with the following letter kay.

    From Wiktionary

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