Joey meaning

jōē
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A young kangaroo.
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(austral.) Any young animal.
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A young marsupial, especially a baby kangaroo.
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The immature young of a marsupial, notably a junior kangaroo, but also a young wallaby, koala, etc.
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The shorter word whose letters can be found within a kangaroo word.
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A diminutive of the male given name Joe or Joseph.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
joey
Plural:
joeys

Origin of joey

  • Origin unknown

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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Unknown.

    From Wiktionary