jayhawker

noun
jay·​hawk·​er | \ ˈjā-ˌhȯ-kər How to pronounce jayhawker (audio) \

Definition of jayhawker

1 capitalized : a native or resident of Kansas used as a nickname
2a often capitalized : a member of a band of antislavery guerrillas in Kansas and Missouri before and during the American Civil War
b : bandit

First Known Use of jayhawker

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Jayhawker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jayhawker. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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