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joey1

[joh-ee] /ˈdʒoʊ i/
noun, plural joeys. Australian.
1.
any young animal, especially a kangaroo.
2.
a young child.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; origin uncertain

joey2

[joh-ee] /ˈdʒoʊ i/
noun, plural joeys. British Slang.
1.
a threepenny piece.
2.
(formerly) a fourpenny piece.
Origin
1860-65; named after Joseph Hume (1777-1855), English politician who favored the coinage of the fourpenny piece

Joey

[joh-ee] /ˈdʒoʊ i/
noun, plural Joeys.
1.
a clown, especially in the circus or pantomime and puppet theater.
Origin
1895-1900; diminutive of Joseph, after Joseph Grimaldi

Joey

[joh-ee] /ˈdʒoʊ i/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Joe or Joseph.
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Examples for joey
  • The joey & auguste framework is often used widely in such comic works as looney tunes.
British Dictionary definitions for joey

joey

/ˈdʒəʊɪ/
noun (Austral, informal)
1.
a young kangaroo or possum
2.
a young animal or child
Word Origin
C19: from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for joey
joey
"young kangaroo," 1839, sometimes said to be from a native Australian word joè, but more recently often said to be of unknown origin. Perhaps an extended use of Joey, the familiar form of the male proper name Joseph, for which Partridge lists many common or coarse meanings in 20c. Australian slang. Farmer & Henley ("Slang and Its Analogues") quote an 1887 article on "Australian Colloquialisms":
JOEY is a familiar name for anything young or small, and is applied indifferently to a puppy, or a kitten, or a child, while a WOOD-AND-WATER-JOEY is a hanger about hotels and a doer of odd jobs.
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Slang definitions & phrases for joey

joey

noun

A clown

[1896+; fr the nickname of Joseph Grimaldi, famous early 1800s British clown and pantomimist]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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