Jayhawker

[ jey-haw-ker ]
/ ˈdʒeɪˌhɔ kər /
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noun

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.

Origin of Jayhawker

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for jayhawker

jayhawker

n.

American English, 1858, originally "freebooter, guerrilla, Kansas irregular" (especially one who came from the North). Hence back-formed verb jayhawk "harass" (1866).

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