Jay meaning

The letter j.
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(archaic) A dull or ignorant person. It survives today in the term jaywalking.
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Any of several corvids, usually strikingly colored birds, as the Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius) or the blue jay.
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(informal) A foolish or talkative person.
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(person) 1745-1829; Am. statesman: 1st chief justice of the U.S. (1789-95)
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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.
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Other birds of similar appearance and behavior.
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(slang) A marijuana cigarette; a joint.
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(bird): Old World jay, gray jay, American jay.
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The name of the Latin-script letter J/j.
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A nickname for James, Jason, or for any male name beginning with a "J" ; also used as a formal given name.
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A nickname of female names beginning with a "J".
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Any of various birds of several genera in the family Corvidae, usually brightly colored and often having a loud, harsh call.
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An overly talkative person; a chatterbox.
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Origin of jay

  • 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

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary