from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A countryman; a compatriot.
  • n. Slang A friend; a pal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Peasant; rustic
  • n. One's fellow countryman; compatriot
  • n. native, especially a native of California of mixed Spanish and Indian ancestry
  • n. roadrunner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The chaparral cock; the roadrunner.
  • n. A compatriot.
  • n. A comrade; a pal; a buddy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The chaparral-cock or road-runner, Geococcyx californianus. See Geococcyx, and cut under chaparral-cock.


Spanish, from French paysan, from Old French paisant, peasant; see peasant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish, from French paysan (Wiktionary)



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  • A nickname for the Greater Roadrunner. Especially if he's your good buddy. ;-)

    December 8, 2007