- 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
Examples from the Web for jaywalking
Contemporary Examples of jaywalking
So if you are stopped for jaywalking or driving with a broken headlight, the police can ask to see your papers.What the Supreme Court’s Arizona Ruling Means for Immigration and Health Care
June 25, 2012
- (intr) to cross or walk in a street recklessly or illegally
Word Origin for jaywalk
by 1912, American English (said in original citation to be a Kansas City term), from jay, perhaps with notion of boldness and impudence. Related: Jaywalk; jaywalker.