popinjay

Part of speech: noun

A poplar, coxcomb.

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Usage examples "popinjay":

  1. What I ask you, sir, to do- and Bulldog regarded the Count with increasing disfavour, as he thought of such a popinjay giving evidence against his laddies- is, to look round this class- room and point out, so far as ye may be able, any boy or boys who drove a snowball or snowballs through the windows of your residence. - "Young Barbarians", Ian Maclaren.
  2. According to custom, the captains of the guild suspended a golden popinjay around the neck of his Highness, and placing themselves in procession, followed him to the great church. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.
  3. Not much fear, though: he'll be too busy for a couple of hours restoring his damaged plumes- a conceited popinjay! - "By Birth a Lady", George Manville Fenn.