a native or inhabitant of Kansas (used as a nickname).
(sometimes lowercase) a plundering marauder, especially one of the antislavery guerrillas in Kansas, Missouri, and other border states before and during the Civil War.
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How to use Jayhawker in a sentence
We hurried on as rapidly as possible so as to get into the Jayhawker's beaten trail which would be a little easier to follow.
The Jayhawker's train was made up of men from many states, but seemed well united and was as complete as when they first started.
The Jayhawker crowd seemed to think they could go anywhere and no difficulty could happen which they couldn't overcome.
Semi hastily retreated behind Mr. Colon, thinking it might be a Jayhawker, while the professor adjusted his glasses.Buffalo Land | W. E. Webb
The way he talks of it, the term might have been a colloquial term applied to a Jayhawker or a patroller.Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives | Work Projects Administration