verb (used without object)

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

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; jay1 + walk
Related formsjay·walk·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for jaywalk



(intr) to cross or walk in a street recklessly or illegally
Derived Formsjaywalker, nounjaywalking, noun

Word Origin for jaywalk

C20: from jay (sense 2)
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