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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
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