- any young animal, especially a kangaroo.
- a young child.
Origin of joey1
- a threepenny piece.
- (formerly) a fourpenny piece.
Origin of joey2
- a clown, especially in the circus or pantomime and puppet theater.
Origin of Joey1
Examples from the Web for joey
Contemporary Examples of joey
In doing so, the vice president delighted the audience with a personal anecdote from his childhood as Joey Biden.
Sensing his opportunity, Joey Biden pounced: “I walked up behind him and smashed his head next to the counter.”
The Wireless Joey will help you watch more shows on more screens.
Just download the Virtual Joey App and you are ready to stream DISH service right to that screen.
Speaking of Grandma, The Wireless Joey is so simple she can install it herself.
Historical Examples of joey
Uncle Joey Fesch joined him, as if to protect and defend him.The Boy Life of Napoleon
I would not have your Joey if his lips were droppin' honey and his pockets droppin' gold.
It's early to go home, but, as I says to my Joey, there's no place like it; and nowther is there.
"Jamie was richt like Joey when he was a bairn," Hendry said.
It's because my fowk's been sae guid, you an' Hendry an' Leeby an' Joey when he was livin'.
- a young kangaroo or possum
- a young animal or child
Word Origin for joey
"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.