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[jey-wawk] /ˈdʒeɪˌwɔk/
verb (used without object)
to cross a street at a place other than a regular crossing or in a heedless manner, as diagonally or against a traffic light.
Origin of jaywalk
1915-20, Americanism; jay + walk
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jaywalker, noun Unabridged
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  • When a bus stops, drivers should know that kids will jaywalk.
British Dictionary definitions for jaywalk


(intransitive) to cross or walk in a street recklessly or illegally
Derived Forms
jaywalker, noun
jaywalking, noun
Word Origin
C20: from jay (sense 2)
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Slang definitions & phrases for jaywalk



To walk into or across a street at a forbidden place or without the right of way

[1916+; fr the naive behavior of a jay, ''rustic'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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