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Jay

[jey] /dʒeɪ/
noun
1.
John, 1745–1829, U.S. statesman and jurist: first chief justice of the U.S. 1789–95.
2.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for johnny jay

jay

/dʒeɪ/
noun
1.
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 See also blue jay
2.
a foolish or gullible person
Word Origin
C13: from Old French jai, from Late Latin gāius, perhaps from proper name Gāius

Jay

/dʒeɪ/
noun
1.
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 and History for johnny jay
jay
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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Slang definitions & phrases for johnny jay

jay 1

noun
  1. A rustic; simpleton; hick, rube (1523+)
  2. An easy victim; mark, patsy, sucker (1884+ Underworld)

[fr the raucous bird]


jay 2

noun

Marijuana or a marijuana cigarette; j: Let's do up a jay and truck on down to the libo (1960s+ Narcotics)


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