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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]


(ˈpɒp ɪnˌdʒeɪ)

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


(o.f.) [ˈpɒpɪndʒeɪ] Npisaverde mf


n (old)Geck m, → Laffe m
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
down fell somebody: it was a wooden bird, the popinjay used at the shooting-matches at Prastoe.
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.
Expertly directed by Graham Weston, who also designed the set as well as taking on the role of pompous popinjay Sir Joseph Porter, this Pinafore sailed serenely through, thanks to some fine performances from the principal characters, backed up by a strong chorus.
Working as a waitress in the Popinjay Hotel and Spa, Lanarkshire, Gemma McCrum-Weir never saw the same ceremony theme twice.
He is that type of popinjay who every now and again pops up.
Also having fun, and singing very well in the doing so, were Nicola Alaimo as a Falstaffian Belcore, who ignored as best he could Sher's misconceived risor-gimento business, and especially Erwin Schrott as a most atypical Dulcamara--a preening popinjay who seemed forever in search of a mirror.
One day she slips out of the house, following her only friend Popinjay, a curious and colourful little bird, only to find an angry dragon hidden in the forest.
you [Socrates], because you strut like a popinjay through the streets and cast your eyes sideways and, unshod, endure many woes and wear a haughty expression for our sake [my emphasis]
Of course the recipient of this largesse isn't an inspector at all, rather a preening popinjay, a childish fantasist played with utter and joyous conviction by Trenchard who pouts, cavorts, tickles the ivories and nips off with the show's second half in his back pocket.