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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.
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Origin of joey

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First recorded in 1830–40; origin uncertain

Other definitions 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

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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

Other definitions 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

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1895–1900; diminutive of Joseph, after Joseph Grimaldi

Other definitions for joey (4 of 4)

Joey2
[ joh-ee ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ i /

noun
a male given name, form of Joe or Joseph.
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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
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