J. jay


John, 1745–1829, U.S. statesman and jurist: first chief justice of the U.S. 1789–95.
a male given name.
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jay (dʒeɪ)
1.  See also blue jay 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
2.  a foolish or gullible person
[C13: from Old French jai, from Late Latin gāius, perhaps from proper name Gāius]

Jay (dʒeɪ)
John 1745--1829, American statesman, jurist, and diplomat; first chief justice of the Supreme Court (1789--95). He negotiated the treaty with Great Britain (Jay's treaty, 1794), that settled outstanding disputes

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, common European bird (Garrulus glandarinus), from O.Fr. gai, from L.L. gaius "a jay," probably echoic and supposedly influenced by L. Gaius, a common proper name. For other bird names from proper names, cf. martin and parrot. Applied to
the N.Amer. blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) from 1709. Applied to humans in sense of "impertinent chatterer, flashy dresser" from 1620s. Jayhawker is Amer.Eng., 1858, originally "freebooter, guerrilla, Kansas irregular" (esp. one who came from the North). Jay was slang for "fourth-rate, worthless" (1888) cf. a jay town.
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