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Popinjay


Popinjay (POP-in-jey) Noun: -A vain or conceited person, especially one who dresses or behaves extravagantly. -A person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter; coxcomb; fop. -A strutting supercilious person. -A woodpecker, especially the green woodpecker. -The figure of a parrot usually fixed on a pole and used as a target in archery and gun shooting. -An actual parrot. From Middle English papejay - parrot, from Middle French papegai, papejai, from Arabic babghā. First Known Use: 1596 Used in a sentence: “Who invited that puerile popinjay to the soirée? That pompous torrent of churlish bombast and truculent trumpery is not welcome here! ”

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