from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A vain, talkative person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strutting supercilious person; a coxcomb, dandy, fop.
- n. A parrot
- n. A green woodpecker, Picus viridis.
- n. A wooden parrot, or similar object, stuck on a pole as a target to be shot at.
- n. A heraldic (or other) representation of a parrot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The green woodpecker.
- n. A parrot.
- n. A target in the form of a parrot.
- n. A trifling, chattering, fop or coxcomb.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A parrot.
- n. A woodpecker; especially, the green wood-pecker of Europe, Gecinus viridis.
- n. The figure of a parrot or other bird used as a mark for archery or firearms.
- n. In heraldry, a parrot used as a bearing: always, unless otherwise mentioned in the blazon, represented green, with red legs and beak.
- n. A coxcomb; a fop.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an archaic term for a parrot
- n. a vain and talkative person (chatters like a parrot)
_Item_, a pair of hose of popinjay green (they be well called popinjay) of thirty shillings.
Hotspur's picture of this "popinjay" with pouncet-box in hand, and
Might Hooper and Seidler have considered making Logue do the "popinjay" speech by
Leftists accused him of "betrayal," it continued, and quoted one who had described him as a "drink-soaked former Trotskyist popinjay".
A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
Defending the absurd notion that the windbaggery of Mr. Galloway is somehow a threat to our national security, a spokesperson for the virginal Jason Kenney, Alykhan Velshi, referred to Gorgeous George as "someone who has provided financial support to Hamas, a banned terrorist organization in Canada, and someone who is, in a sense, a popinjay for those Taliban fighters who are trying to kill Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan."
In 2005, George Galloway, UK Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, and ardent "pro-life" campaigner, famously referred to his arch-nemesis, Christopher Hitchens, as a "drink-soaked former Trotskyist popinjay."
Words come to mind that I can't print in their entirety, that the tribunal is full of petty popinjay chickens**ts.
That said, I cannot imagine she got the run around from popinjay Hitchens.
"I cannot imagine she got the run around from popinjay Hitchens"