joey

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[ joh-ee ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ i /
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noun, plural jo·eys. Australian.

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

Origin of joey

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First recorded in 1830–40; origin uncertain

Definition for joey (2 of 4)

joey

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[ joh-ee ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ i /

noun, plural jo·eys. British Slang.

a threepenny piece.
(formerly) a fourpenny piece.

Origin of joey

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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)

Joey

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[ joh-ee ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ i /

noun, plural Jo·eys.

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

Origin of Joey

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1895–1900; diminutive of Joseph, after Joseph Grimaldi

Definition for joey (4 of 4)

Joey

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[ joh-ee ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ i /

noun

a male given name, form of Joe or Joseph.
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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
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Word Origin and History for joey

joey


n.

"young kangaroo," 1839, sometimes said to be from a native Australian word joè, but more recently often said to be of unknown origin. Perhaps an extended use of Joey, the familiar form of the male proper name Joseph, for which Partridge lists many common or coarse meanings in 20c. Australian slang. Farmer & Henley ("Slang and Its Analogues") quote an 1887 article on "Australian Colloquialisms":

JOEY is a familiar name for anything young or small, and is applied indifferently to a puppy, or a kitten, or a child, while a WOOD-AND-WATER-JOEY is a hanger about hotels and a doer of odd jobs.
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