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jaywalk

[ jey-wawk ]
/ ˈdʒeɪˌwɔk /
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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.
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Origin of jaywalk

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; jay1 + walk

OTHER WORDS FROM jaywalk

jaywalker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for jaywalk

jaywalk
/ (ˈdʒeɪˌwɔːk) /

verb
(intr) to cross or walk in a street recklessly or illegally

Derived forms of jaywalk

jaywalker, nounjaywalking, noun

Word Origin for jaywalk

C20: from jay (sense 2)
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