1 [jey]
any of several noisy, vivacious birds of the crow family, subfamily Garrulinae, as the crested Garrulus glandarius, of the Old World, having brownish plumage with blue, black, and white barring on the wings. Compare blue jay, gray jay.
Informal. a simpleminded or gullible person.

1275–35; Middle English jai < Middle French < Late Latin gāius, gāia, perhaps after Latin Gāius man's name

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2 [jey]
noun Slang.
a marijuana cigarette.

1970–75; probably spelling of initial consonant of joint, perhaps suggested by Pig Latin version ointjay


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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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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Example sentences for jays
In gray jays, however, nonbreeders do not help their parents to raise younger
Crows and jays a guide to the crows, jays and magpies of the world.
Blue jays, for example, are well known to attack anything that threatens their
When the bird is feeding among other jays or resting, the crest is flattened to
  the head.
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