A young kangaroo.
A young marsupial, especially a baby kangaroo.
The shorter word whose letters can be found within a kangaroo word.
(austral.) Any young animal.
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.