Dictionary.com

joey

1
[ joh-ee ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ i /
Save This Word!

noun, plural jo·eys.Australian.

any young animal, especially a kangaroo.
a young child.

QUIZZES

DO A DOUBLE TAKE ON THIS QUIZ ON CONTRONYMS

Look both ways before you take this quiz on contronyms, or words that can have opposite meanings.
Question 1 of 7
Choose the sentence that uses "rent" correctly.

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of joey

1
First recorded in 1830–40; origin uncertain

Definition for joey (2 of 4)

joey2
[ joh-ee ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ i /

noun, plural jo·eys.British Slang.

a threepenny piece.
(formerly) a fourpenny piece.

Origin of joey

2
First recorded in 1860–65; named after Joseph Hume (1777–1855), English politician who favored the coinage of the fourpenny piece

Definition for joey (3 of 4)

Joey1
[ joh-ee ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ i /

noun, plural Jo·eys.

a clown, especially in the circus or pantomime and puppet theater.

Origin of Joey

1
1895–1900; diminutive of Joseph, after Joseph Grimaldi

Definition for joey (4 of 4)

Joey2
[ joh-ee ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ i /

noun

a male given name, form of Joe or Joseph.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for joey

British Dictionary definitions for joey

joey
/ (ˈdʒəʊɪ) /

noun Australian informal

a young kangaroo or possum
a young animal or child

Word Origin for joey

C19: from a native Australian language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK