any one of the numerous species of birds belonging to Garrulus
, and allied genera
, allied to the crow
s, but smaller, more graceful in form, often handsomely colored, and usually having a crest; an old-fashioned term for a dull or ignorant person. It survives today in the term jaywalking
"note: The European jay (Garrulus glandarius
) is a large and handsomely colored species, having the body pale reddish brown, lighter beneath; tail and wing quills blackish; the primary coverts barred with bright blue and black"