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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Definitions for popinjay

  1. A vain and talkative person.

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Citations for popinjay
One popinjay shrieking from the left and another from the right about last week's headlines is not the whole of Washington's political dramas. Occasionally, American politics is more complicated and more momentous. R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., American Spectator
A writer who appreciates the seriousness of writing so little that he is anxious to make people see he is formally educated, cultured or well-bred is merely a popinjay. Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon
Origin of popinjay
Popinjay is from Middle English papejay, popingay, meaning "parrot," from Old French papegai, deriving ultimately from Arabic babagha.