jaywalk

verb

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

intransitive verb

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

Examples of jaywalk in a Sentence

The police officer warned us not to jaywalk.
Recent Examples on the Web Before the barrier was erected, the convenience store had put up signs in multiple languages warning tourists not to jaywalk. Koh Ewe, TIME, 28 May 2024 Locals complained about tourists jaywalking, littering and crowding the area around a convenience store known for its view of Mt. Fuji, BBC News reports. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 21 May 2024 An Uber vehicle operating autonomously, with a safety driver behind the wheel, hit and killed a person who was jaywalking in Tempe. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2024 Most members and employees opt to park on the side of the club instead of trying to jaywalk across the street. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 Banks wouldn’t lend, police used crimes such as jaywalking to arrest, schools failed to teach. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Driverless passenger cars have caused chaos in cities like San Francisco, including one horrific accident last year when a robotaxi hit a jaywalking pedestrian and dragged her about 20 feet. Trisha Thadani, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 And in October, the California Department of Motor Vehicles suspended permits for driverless car company Cruise after one of its cars dragged a jaywalking pedestrian about 20 feet after she had been hit by a regular car. Jeremy B. Merrill, Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2023 Almost no one is arrested for jaywalking, of course. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 6 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jaywalk was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Jaywalk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaywalk. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

jaywalk

verb
jay·​walk ˈjā-ˌwȯk How to pronounce jaywalk (audio)
: to cross a street carelessly without paying attention to traffic regulations
jaywalker noun

Legal Definition

jaywalk

intransitive verb
jay·​walk ˈjā-ˌwȯk How to pronounce jaywalk (audio)
: to cross a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic

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