Origin of Jayhawker
Examples from the Web for jayhawker
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
Our friend and guide seemed to have been a jayhawker and mountain marauder—on the right side.On Horseback|Charles Dudley Warner
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.
American English, 1858, originally "freebooter, guerrilla, Kansas irregular" (especially one who came from the North). Hence back-formed verb jayhawk "harass" (1866).