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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

POP'INJAY, n.
1. A parrot.
2. A woodpecker, a bird with a gay head.
The green woodpecker, with a scarlet crown, a native of Europe.
3. A gay, trifling young man; a fop or coxcomb.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a vain and talkative person (chatters like a parrot)
2: an archaic term for a parrot

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English papejay parrot, from Middle French papegai, papejai, from Arabic babgh?' Date: 1596 a strutting supercilious person

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a fop, a conceited person, a coxcomb. 2 a archaic a parrot. b hist. a figure of a parrot on a pole as a mark to shoot at. Etymology: ME f. AF papeiaye, OF papingay etc. f. Sp. papagayo f. Arab. babaga: assim. to JAY

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Yaffle Yaf"fle, n. [Probably imitative of its call or cry.] (Zo["o]l.) The European green woodpecker (Picus, or Genius, viridis). It is noted for its loud laughlike note. Called also eccle, hewhole, highhoe, laughing bird, popinjay, rain bird, yaffil, yaffler, yaffingale, yappingale, yackel, and woodhack.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Popinjay Pop"in*jay, n. [OE. popingay, papejay, OF. papegai, papegaut; cf. Pr. papagai, Sp. & Pg. papagayo, It. pappagallo, LGr. ?, NGr. ?; in which the first syllables are perhaps imitative of the bird's chatter, and the last either fr. L. gallus cock, or the same word as E. jay, F. geai. Cf. Papagay.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The green woodpecker. (b) A parrot. The pye and popyngay speak they know not what. --Tyndale. 2. A target in the form of a parrot. [Scot.] 3. A trifling, chattering, fop or coxcomb. ``To be so pestered with a popinjay.'' --Shak.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Fop, coxcomb, dandy, exquisite, beau, macaroni, jackanapes, jack-a-dandy, man milliner, man of dress; vain, showy fellow, petitmaître.



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