- to cross a street at a place other than a regular crossing or in a heedless manner, as diagonally or against a traffic light.
Origin of jaywalk
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- (intr) to cross or walk in a street recklessly or illegally
C20: from jay (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for jaywalking
by 1912, American English (said in original citation to be a Kansas City term), from jay, perhaps with notion of boldness and impudence. Related: Jaywalk; jaywalker.
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