Popinjay meaning

pŏpĭn-jā
A vain, talkative person.
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A parrot.
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A target consisting of a wooden parrot on a pole.
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A talkative, conceited person.
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(now archaic) A parrot. [from 14th c.]
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(heraldry) A heraldic representation of a parrot. [from 15th c.]
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A vain, gaudy person; someone who is shallow or superficial. [from 16th c.]
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(archery) A target to be shot at, typically stuffed with feathers or plumage. [from 16th c.]
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(UK) The green woodpecker, Picus viridis. [from 19th c.]
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Origin of popinjay

  • Middle English parrot from Old French papegai from Spanish papagayo or Old Provençal papagai both from Arabic babġā’, babaġā’ from Persian babbaghā

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

  • From Anglo-Norman papejei, papejoie et al., (northern) Old French papejai (“parrot"), probably from Old Provençal papagay (compare Occitan papagai, Catalan papagai), ultimately from Arabic ببغاء (babġā', “parrot"), of imitative origin.

    From Wiktionary