American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cross a street illegally or in a reckless manner.
- v. law To behave as a jaywalker; to violate pedestrian traffic regulations by crossing a street away from a designated crossing or to walk in the part of the street intended for cars rather than on the sidewalk.
- v. cross the road at a red light
- Back-formation from jaywalker (Wiktionary)
- From jay2, inexperienced person. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For example, how many people "jaywalk" in New York city everyday?”
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“- Don't jaywalk (don't be the recipient of a car accident if its easy to avoid).”
“However, should a person run into traffic or jaywalk I believe they still have the right of way, even if they are breaking the law.”
“Of course there are butthead pedestrians who jaywalk in front of cars as if they own the road.”
“But games aside, some people -- actually, quite a few -- figure that no synthetic sentient will ever be able to do things humans take for granted, such as performing stand-up comedy, writing meaningful poetry, or simply knowing when it's safe to jaywalk.”
“If someone told me that jaywalking was legal in D.C., but that if I did it, someone could justifiably kill me, I wouldn't jaywalk.”
“We reached rue Oberkampf, and the girl in the black tights was still complaining to her friend in the gray tights as they waited to jaywalk across the street, which was bustling with French students and artists whose bags, I imagined, held nineteenth century novels, or paperbacks with white covers; guitar strings, or paint brushes.”
“Next thing you know, they will be shooting people who jaywalk.”
“One guy states "Next thing you know, they will be shooting people who jaywalk", that would fall under the purview of the police, and I've seen with my own eyes (quite recently in fact) a guy get Tazed for just that.”
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