From Old French gai (like English jay), from Late Latin gaius (“jay”), plausibly echoic and supposedly influenced by the Roman common given name Gaius (=Caius, which in turn has been hypothetically derived from gaudeō, gaudēre (“rejoice”) or from gaius (“jay”), while the French may well derive from gai (“lively, jolly”), itself of Germanic origin.
- Vlaamse gaai (literally 'Flemish jay')
A parallel form of papagaai (“parrot”), by popular etymology confused with etymology 1, but actually from Middle Dutch papagoie, papegoie, from Arabic بَبّغَاء (babbağā’) and Persian بپغا (bapğâ), of uncertain origin.
- A wooden, somewhat bird-shaped target, often ornamented with bright plumes, used in archery competitions
- The high wooden stake or tower the above is mounted on
- (uncommon) A female spouse, notably (and mostly used in the diminutive):
- (animals) wijfje n