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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.
``to see this Damian, clothed in the garments of Christian humility, thus appear with reverend silence before his Superior, than but two days since, when the fond fool was decked in a painted coat, and jangling as pert and as proud as any popinjay? Speak, Damian, we permit thee What is thine errand?''
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.
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.
"Kribledy, krabledy--plump!" 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.
You do not have to be a royalist to recognise these were disgusting remarks made by a loudmouth popinjay who feasts on prejudice.
Wishaw Ladies Bridge Club member Catherine Shaw celebrated her 90th birthday at the Popinjay Hotel on Coltness with other club members.
Just a couple of snogs, but that's it" Artist Tracey Emin "If you take away the broomsticks and pyrotechnics, witchcraft is the capacity to effect change" Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat "That ghastly, unutterably self-important, smug, pompous popinjay John Bercow" Broadcaster Nick Ferrari is no admirer of the Commons Speaker "There is a problem with a world where truth is subjective.
"In actual life I am a grumpy old bag" - Dawn French, pictured "That ghastly, unutterably self-important, smug, pompous popinjay John Bercow" - Broadcaster Nick Ferrari is no admirer of the Commons Speaker "I haven't had sex for 10 years.
Popinjay is one of the early Pakistani startups that gained international traction.
It had previously described the Speaker as an "egotistical preening popinjay" (the way he says and shouts "order, order" is pretty annnoying, but come on, that's a bit harsh).