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  • n. Plural form of popinjay.


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  • "What's it to be to-night?" he began, as he walked up to us; but he suddenly saw our pyjama outfit, and was very rude about it, calling us "popinjays," and "degenerate æsthetes."

    Tell England A Study in a Generation

  • Evangelicalism has been mortally infected with the Calvinist virus, turning them into moral scolds and idiotic popinjays.

    Think Progress » American Family Association Pins SeaWorld Death On Lack Of Christianity: ‘Bible Ignored, Trainer Died’

  • Tolstoy believed great leaders are puffed-up popinjays.

    EconLog: Institutional Economics Archives

  • I speak of our Congress, and the other strutting popinjays around the world.

    The “Obama, knave or fool?” question…

  • After I fought fairly and danced in the lists with all your princes and popinjays, raising my visor and proffering lances at the beck and call of a brassy Solamnic trumpet!


  • Tolstoy, you see, "believed great leaders were puffed-up popinjays," and that "societies move and breathe on their own, through the jostling of mentalities and habits."

    Ellis Weiner: Our Mister Brooks II: Reloaded

  • But doubtless his service must be to mount guard over the popinjays and Indian peacocks, which the Venetian ambassador had lately presented to the King — it could be nothing else; and such duty being only fit for a beardless boy (here he twirled his own grim mustaches), he was glad the lot had fallen on his fair nephew.

    Quentin Durward

  • But gayer men and better courtiers soon jostled aside my rude homage, and I think your Grace cannot but remember times, when my awkward attempts to take the manners that pleased you, were the sport of the court-popinjays, the Marys and the

    The Abbot

  • But aside from the self deluding and irreesponsible popinjays of the Libs and the far left who wants to spend more money to tell us what we know and add to the SFA strike out rate?

    Al-Yamamah Deal: Gordon Brown Should Stand Firm

  • “My experience of lordly types, minimal as it is, is that they are mostly popinjays who crumble at the least sign of aggression.”

    Captive of My Desires


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