jay

(redirected from Jays)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

jay 1

 (jā)
n.
The letter j.

jay 2

 (jā)
n.
1. Any of various birds of several genera in the family Corvidae, usually brightly colored and often having a loud, harsh call. Also called jaybird.
2. An overly talkative person; a chatterbox.

[Middle English jai, from Old French, from Late Latin gāius, gāia, perhaps from Latin Gāius, personal name.]

jay

(dʒeɪ)
n
1. (Animals) any of various passerine birds of the family Corvidae (crows), esp the Eurasian Garrulus glandarius, with a pinkish-brown body, blue-and-black wings, and a black-and-white crest. See also bluejay
2. a foolish or gullible person
[C13: from Old French jai, from Late Latin gāius, perhaps from proper name Gāius]

Jay

(dʒeɪ)
n
(Biography) John 1745–1829, American statesman, jurist, and diplomat; first chief justice of the Supreme Court (1789–95). He negotiated the Jay's Treaty

jay

(dʒeɪ)

n.
1. any of various typically noisy, gregarious songbirds of the family Corvidae, mostly of the Northern Hemisphere, often having blue or gray plumage.
2. Slang.
a. a talkative person; chatterer.
b. a fop; dandy.
[1275–35; Middle English jai < Middle French < Late Latin gāius, gāia]

Jay

(dʒeɪ)

n.
John, 1745–1829, first Chief Justice of the U.S. 1789–95.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jay - United States diplomat and jurist who negotiated peace treaties with Britain and served as the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1745-1829)Jay - United States diplomat and jurist who negotiated peace treaties with Britain and served as the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1745-1829)
2.jay - crested largely blue bird
corvine bird - birds of the crow family
Garrulinae, subfamily Garrulinae - subfamily of the crow family: jays
Old World jay - a European jay
New World jay - a North American jay
camp robber, Canada jay, gray jay, grey jay, Perisoreus canadensis, whisker jack - a jay of northern North America with black-capped head and no crest; noted for boldness in thievery
Translations
сойка
sojka
närhi
mésangeai
šojka
szajkó
skrækskaði
kėkštas
šoja
alakarga
сойка

jay

[dʒeɪ] Narrendajo m

jay

[ˈdʒeɪ] n (= bird) → geai m

jay

nEichelhäher m

jay

:
jaywalk
jaywalking
nUnachtsamkeit f(eines Fußgängers) im Straßenverkehr

jay

[dʒeɪ] nghiandaia
References in classic literature ?
He called out that it was morning--sunrise; and that the jays were making a noise down below in the woods.
Outward bound, and off the pitch of Cape Horn, he used to sit on the taffrail, and keep the steward loading three or four old fowling pieces, with which he would bring down albatrosses, Cape pigeons, jays, petrels, and divers other marine fowl, who followed chattering in our wake.
The "rover bird" so-called, the coroneted crane, the red and blue jays, the mocking-bird, the flycatcher, disappeared among the foliage of the immense trees, and all nature revealed symptoms of some approaching catastrophe.
His old woods' training was aroused, and he was keenly interested in everything in the moss on the trees and branches; in the bunches of mistletoe hanging in the oaks; in the nest of a wood-rat; in the water-cress growing in the sheltered eddies of the little stream; in the butterflies drifting through the rifted sunshine and shadow; in the blue jays that flashed in splashes of gorgeous color across the forest aisles; in the tiny birds, like wrens, that hopped among the bushes and imitated certain minor quail-calls; and in the crimson-crested woodpecker that ceased its knocking and cocked its head on one side to survey him.
So the Jay could do no better than go back to the other Jays, who had watched his behaviour from a distance; but they were equally annoyed with him, and told him:
The jays clamored loudly, and the trees whispered darkly, as before; and I somehow traced in the two sounds a fanciful analogy to the open boastfulness of Mr.
It was a common sound in those parts--as common as the chatter of the jays and the booming of the bittern.
Still that breathing silence, which marks the drowsy sultriness of an American landscape in July, pervaded the secluded spot, interrupted only by the low voices of the men, the occasional and lazy tap of a woodpecker, the discordant cry of some gaudy jay, or a swelling on the ear, from the dull roar of a distant waterfall.
Now I've never heard a jay use bad grammar but very seldom; and when they do, they are as ashamed as a human; they shut right down and leave.
A catbird, the Northern mocker, lit in a tree over Tom's head, and trilled out her imitations of her neighbors in a rapture of enjoyment; then a shrill jay swept down, a flash of blue flame, and stopped on a twig almost within the boy's reach, cocked his head to one side and eyed the strangers with a consuming curiosity; a gray squirrel and a big fellow of the "fox" kind came skurrying along, sitting up at intervals to inspect and chatter at the boys, for the wild things had probably never seen a human being before and scarcely knew whether to be afraid or not.
Betty Jay scented the boiling of Squire Cass's hams, but her longing was arrested by the unctuous liquor in which they were boiled; and when the seasons brought round the great merry-makings, they were regarded on all hands as a fine thing for the poor.
What with the Jay Cooke failure, the Hayes-Tilden deadlock, and the bursting of a hundred railroad bubbles, there was very little in the news of the day to encourage investors.