American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The letter j.
- n. Any of various often crested birds of the genera Garrulus, Cyanocitta, Aphelocoma, and related genera within the family Corvidae, often having a loud, harsh call. Also called jaybird.
- n. An overly talkative person; a chatterbox.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of the letter j. It is rarely written out, the symbol j being used instead.
- n. Any bird of the subfamily Garrulinæ; specifically, Garrulus glandarius, a common European bird, about 13 inches long, of a gray color tinged with reddish, varied with black, white, and blue, and having the head crested. The jays are birds usually of bright and varied colors, among which blue is the most conspicuous, thus contrasting with the somber crows, their nearest allies. The tail is comparatively long, sometimes extremely so, as in the magpie. They are noisy, restless birds, of arboreal habits, found in most parts of the world, reaching their highest development in the warmer parts of America, where some large and magnificent species are found. With the exception of the boreal genus Perisoreus, the jays of the old and the new world belong to entirely different genera. The commonest and best known jay of the United States is the blue jay, Cyanurus cristatus or Cytnocitta cristata, a bird about 12 inches long, with a fine crest, purplish-blue color on the back and purplish-gray below, a black collar, and wings and tail rich blue varied with black and white. (See cut under
Cyanocitta.) Another crested species of the United Slates is Steller's jay, C. stelleri, resembling the last, but much darker in color, and confined to the west. The Canada jay or whiskyjack, Perisoreus canadensis, is a plain grayish bird. The Florida jay, Aphelocoma floridana, is mostly gray and blue. The Rio Grande jay, Xanthura luxuosa, is rich yellow, green, blue, and black. Some birds not properly belonging to the Garrulinæ are also called jays, and some members of this subfamily have other common names, as the magpies.
- n. A loud, flashy woman.
- n. In actors' slang, an amateur or a poor actor.
- n. A general term of contempt applied to a stupid person: as, an audience at jays.
- n. In angling, a variety of artificial fly dressed with blue jay feathers.
- n. The name of the Latin script letter J/j.
- n. 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.
- n. Other birds of similar appearance and behavior.
- n. archaic A dull or ignorant person. It survives today in the term jaywalking.
- n. slang A marijuana cigarette; a joint.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of the numerous species of birds belonging to Garrulus, Cyanocitta, and allied genera of the family
Corvidae. They are allied to the crows, but are smaller, more graceful in form, often handsomely colored, and usually have a crest.
- n. United States diplomat and jurist who negotiated peace treaties with Britain and served as the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1745-1829)
- n. crested largely blue bird
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English jai, from Old French, from Late Latin gāius, gāia, perhaps from Latin Gāius, personal name. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“N again jay is not hittin her because she a strong blak women that can have any man why be with an abusive one and besides her father wouldnt have it”
“Actually, the bikies were wedding guests, but a jay is a jay apparently.”
“If another jay is around, each becomes much less discriminating and just grabs and dashes.”
“That last picture makes me very uncomfortable … like her v-jay is going to devour us all, ala American G-ds – yowza! jus Says:”
“Yes | No | Report from jbird wrote 37 weeks 4 days ago jay is right.”
“My poor va-jay-jay is wincing in agony for yours. on April 17, 2008 at 8: 32 am | Reply Deutlich”
“The tufted jay is one of the harder birds to find in its native habitat in Mexico, but one truly worth the effort that is required.”
“They were the ones who if you bought a button would relate how this button was from the uniform of a Confederate soldier who had scratched the name jay on the back.”
“I'm what they call a jay in Harvard, and Harvard don't count if you're a jay. ”
“a squirrel and a blue jay is a thing not to be missed!”
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