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jo•ey1  ( jōē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -eys. [Australian.]
  1. British Termsany young animal, esp. a kangaroo.
  2. British Termsa young child.
  • origin, originally uncertain 1830–40

jo•ey2  ( jōē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -eys. [Brit. Slang.]
  1. British Terms, Currencya threepenny piece.
  2. British Terms, Currency(formerly) a fourpenny piece.
  • named after Joseph Hume (1777–1855), English politician who favored the coinage of the fourpenny piece 1860–65

Jo•ey  ( jōē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  Jo•eys. 
  1. Show Businessa clown, esp. in the circus or pantomime and puppet theater.
  • diminutive of Joseph, after Joseph Grimaldi 1895–1900

Jo•ey  ( jōē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a male given name, form of  Joe or  Joseph. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

joey /ˈdʒəʊɪ/ n Austral informal
  1. a young kangaroo or possum
  2. a young animal or child
Etymology: 19th Century: from a native Australian language



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