jaywalk

verb
jay·​walk | \ ˈjā-ˌwȯk How to pronounce jaywalk (audio) \
jaywalked; jaywalking; jaywalks

Definition of jaywalk

intransitive verb

: to cross a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic

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Other Words from jaywalk

jaywalker noun

Examples of jaywalk in a Sentence

The police officer warned us not to jaywalk.
Recent Examples on the Web The man was found not to have been involved in the assault on a female, but was cited for obstructing official business and jaywalking. cleveland, "Two men enter driver’s stopped car, pull gun on him: Shaker Heights police blotter," 9 Feb. 2020 Responding to an increase in pedestrian deaths, the state Department of Transportation and police in several communities have launched a crackdown on jaywalking and other violations that endanger bicyclists and walkers. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "State-funded crackdown on jaywalking in Hartford, East Hartford, New Britain and four other cities," 7 Dec. 2019 The system also did not include a provision for detecting jaywalking pedestrians, the agency said. Washington Post, "Safety agency says distracted driver caused fatal Uber crash," 20 Nov. 2019 It was supposed to clean up crime and community disorder by promptly targeting minor crimes, such as jaywalking or littering. Brenda Wiewel, Quartz, "What other cities can learn from Los Angeles on confronting homelessness," 23 Oct. 2019 Okobi was shocked four times during the arrest, which began when Deputy Joshua Wang saw Okobi jaywalking on El Camino Real. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Sheriff could limit Taser use after deadly San Mateo County arrests," 22 July 2019 Body camera footage of the August 2017 beating showed Hickman hitting Rush and putting him in a chokehold after officers accused Rush of jaywalking. Washington Post, "Ex-officer pleads guilty to beating pedestrian on video," 10 Aug. 2019 Open Newbury Street / July 14, August 11, and September 15 Enjoy the Back Bay’s retail backbone without the usual traffic and jaywalking during Open Newbury Street. BostonGlobe.com, "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 1 July 2018 The city has used fines to quickly alter urban habits before, targeting smoking, firecrackers and jaywalking. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Extreme Trash Recycling: 104 Protocols, 30,000 Inspectors," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of jaywalk

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jaywalk was in 1915

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16 Feb 2020

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“Jaywalk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaywalk. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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jaywalk

verb
How to pronounce jaywalk (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jaywalk

: to cross a street carelessly or at an illegal or dangerous place

jaywalk

verb
jay·​walk | \ ˈjā-ˌwȯk How to pronounce jaywalk (audio) \
jaywalked; jaywalking

Kids Definition of jaywalk

: to cross a street in a place or in a way that is against traffic regulations

Other Words from jaywalk

jaywalker noun
jay·​walk | \ ˈjā-ˌwȯk How to pronounce jaywalk (audio) \

Legal Definition of jaywalk

: to cross a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic

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