Popinjay

Pop"in*jay

(?), n. [OE. popingay, papejay, OF. papegai, papegaut; cf. Pr. papagai, Sp. & Pg. papagayo, It. pappagallo, LGr. , NGr. ; in which the first syllables are perhaps imitative of the bird's chatter, and the last either fr. L. gallus cock, or the same word as E. jay, F. geai. Cf. Papagay.]
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1. (Zol.) (a) The green woodpecker. (b) A parrot.
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The pye and popyngay speak they know not what.
Tyndale.
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2. A target in the form of a parrot. [Scot.]
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3. A trifling, chattering, fop or coxcomb. "To be so pestered with a popinjay." Shak.
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