Definition of popinjay in English:


Line breaks: pop¦in|jay
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒpɪndʒeɪ


1 dated A vain or conceited person, especially one who dresses or behaves extravagantly.
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  • I am pretty sure I'm a drink-soaked popinjay myself, and formerly many things of a disreputable nature.
  • These weedy fly-bitten popinjays, these pribbling clumsy clay-brained miscreants - how dare they think they can share the same job title as me?
  • It is an oft-told story, but can still stir anger and pity, with the family feuding of the aristocratic popinjays commanding the brigade even spilling over onto the battlefield.
2 archaic A parrot.
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  • Coloring inside the lines is for popinjays and cockatoos!


Middle English: from Old French papingay, via Spanish from Arabic babbaġā. The change in the ending was due to association with jay.

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