popinjay

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman papejei, papejoie et al., (northern) Old French papejai (parrot), probably from Old Provençal papagay (compare Occitan papagai, Catalan papagai), ultimately from Arabic ببغاء (babġā', parrot), of imitative origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

popinjay (plural popinjays)

  1. (obsolete) A decorative image of a parrot on a tapestry, cloth etc. [14th-16th c.]
  2. (now archaic) A parrot. [from 14th c.]
  3. (heraldry) A heraldic representation of a parrot. [from 15th c.]
  4. A vain, gaudy person; someone who is shallow or superficial. [from 16th c.]
  5. (archery) A target to be shot at, typically stuffed with feathers or plumage. [from 16th c.]
  6. (UK) The green woodpecker, Picus viridis. [from 19th c.]

Translations[edit]