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A vain, talkative person.
[Middle English, parrot, from Anglo-Norman and Old North French papejai, alteration (influenced by jai, jaybird) of earlier papegai, ultimately (possibly via Old Provençal papagai, with influence from Old French and Old Provençal gai, joyous, merry) from Arabic babġā', babbaġā'; akin to Persian bapġā and probably ultimately of imitative origin.]
1. a conceited, foppish, or excessively talkative person
2. (Animals) an archaic word for parrot
3. (Archery) the figure of a parrot used as a target
[C13 papeniai, from Old French papegay a parrot, from Spanish papagayo, from Arabic babaghā]
a vain, pretentious person.
[1275–1325; Middle English papejay, popingay parrot]
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|Noun||1.||popinjay - a vain and talkative person (chatters like a parrot)|
|2.||popinjay - an archaic term for a parrot|
parrot - usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds