Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.
To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). It’s a nice post to do and will give you some practice with a dictionary, of which there are several online. Illustrations are by not necessary, but it’s up to you.
I’m up to the letter P this week. I started off by just choosing a word at random (perspicacious). Since then, I’ve been working through the alphabet, so I’ll be looking for a good word beginning with Q next week
So, here is my WOW for this week:
Pronunciation: Pop·in·jay [pop-in-jey] (popinˌdzei)
Audio Link: popinjay
Part of Speech: Noun
Adjective: Popinjay (when used to describe colours, e.g. popinjay blue; popinjay green).
1. A conceited, vain, foppish, or excessively talkative person.
2. British Dialect. a woodpecker, especially the green woodpecker.
3. An archaic word for parrot.
4. Archaic: the figure of a parrot usually fixed on a pole and used as a target in archery and gun shooting.
Here is a good summary of the word’s meaning that I found at Dictionary Definition: Vocabulary.com
A popinjay is a person who is both talkative and cocky, who struts around chattering like a parrot. Fittingly, it’s also an old-fashioned word meaning parrot, and the name of a sport also known as pole archery, in which players shoot at wooden bird shapes with either rifles or crossbows. The origin of popinjay is unknown, but one guess is that its roots are imitative, meant to sound like the cry of a bird.
fop, swell, buck, peacock, dandy, jackanapes, coxcomb, egoist, egotist, beau, blade, clothes-horse, dude, macaroni, Beau Brummel, blabbermouth, chatterbox.
1275-1325; Middle English papejay, popingay, papinjai < Middle French papegai, papingay parrot < Spanish papagayo < Arabic babaghā
Use in a Sentence:
1. The party host was a strutting, supercilious dandy; a real popinjay.
2. Maria sighed when she realised that her blind date was another Beau Brummel, who cared too much about his own appearance to appreciate the efforts she had made with hers.
3. The men congregated around the pole, some taking aim at the wooden popinjay fixed securely to the top.
4. (Adjective use). Carol’s new dress was a bright, popinjay blue.
4. Her constant bragging gave her the air of being an irritating popinjay
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