popinjay

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpɒpɪnˌdʒeɪ/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(popin jā′)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pop•in•jay  (popin jā′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter;
    coxcomb;
    fop.
  2. Birds[Brit. Dial.]a woodpecker, esp. the green woodpecker.
  3. British Terms[Archaic.]the figure of a parrot usually fixed on a pole and used as a target in archery and gun shooting.
  4. [Archaic.]a parrot.
  • Arabic bab(ba)ghā'
  • Spanish papagayo
  • Middle French papegai, papingay parrot
  • Middle English papejay, popingay, papinjai(e) 1275–1325

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
popinjay /ˈpɒpɪnˌdʒeɪ/ n
  1. a conceited, foppish, or excessively talkative person
  2. an archaic word for parrot
  3. the figure of a parrot used as a target
Etymology: 13th Century papeniai, from Old French papegay a parrot, from Spanish papagayo, from Arabic babaghā
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