What does the word popinjay mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by George Manville Fenn