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pop·in·jay

 (pŏp′ĭn-jā′)
n.
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.]

popinjay

(ˈpɒpɪnˌdʒeɪ)
n
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]

pop•in•jay

(ˈpɒp ɪnˌdʒeɪ)

n.
a vain, pretentious person.
[1275–1325; Middle English papejay, popingay parrot]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.popinjay - a vain and talkative person (chatters like a parrot)
egoist, egotist, swellhead - a conceited and self-centered person
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
Translations

popinjay

(o.f.) [ˈpɒpɪndʒeɪ] Npisaverde mf

popinjay

n (old)Geck m, → Laffe m
References in classic literature ?
That is no excuse for encouraging the superstitious exaggeration of hopes about this particular measure, helping the cry to swallow it whole and to send up voting popinjays who are good for nothing but to carry it.
But Aunt Em was "all of a flutter," as she said, and it took Dorothy and Jellia Jamb, the housekeeper, and two maids a long time to dress her and do up her hair and get her "rigged like a popinjay," as she quaintly expressed it.
down fell somebody: it was a wooden bird, the popinjay used at the shooting-matches at Prastoe.
But what mainly occasioned a righteous indignation was, that the scoundrelly popinjay, while he cut a fandango here, and a whirligig there, did not seem to have the remotest idea in the world of such a thing as keeping time in his steps.
The two who were on either side of Alleyne bent their bows as calmly as though they were shooting at the popinjay at the village fair.
And Huddersfield-born Wendy Robinson, formerly of indie band The Popinjays, has just returned to songwriting with new band, Moth to the Flame.
It is the stuff of life for punters and purists alike, although in the crowd there will be plenty of preening popinjays and poodle fakers who wouldn't know a horse from a harpsichord.
Some preening popinjays have launched wars with hard-working chief constables, others are obsessed with self-serving statements, and many have shown an utter lack of policing knowledge.
There's always John Podhoretz, the ferociously bellicose neocon who makes Patton and Rommel sound like popinjays when he thunders away, urging Uncle Sam to attack and crush his enemies wherever they might be hiding.