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[jey-burd] /ˈdʒeɪˌbɜrd/
jay1 .
Origin of jaybird
An Americanism dating back to 1655-65; jay1 + bird Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As an example of many may be mentioned the little Rhyme "jaybird."

    Negro Folk Rhymes Thomas W. Talley
  • Growed too, and dressed to kill, and sittin' in this yer house as natril as a jaybird!

  • Having finished this to his liking, he turned before they made the second trip on the jaybird and her cargo.

  • He swung the jaybird up on his broad shoulders, and started off up a trail none too good at best.

  • In "jaybird," the first two lines of each stanza are a call in thought, while the last two lines are a "sponse" in thought to it.

    Negro Folk Rhymes Thomas W. Talley
  • If one will read the little Rhyme "jaybird" he will notice that the rhymer places the intelligence of the rabbit above his own.

    Negro Folk Rhymes Thomas W. Talley
  • The jaybird came through with quite as good fortune as had the Mary Ann.

Word Origin and History for jaybird

1660s, from jay + bird (n.). It appears after the time jay began to be used of persons, too.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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