jaywalking

noun
jay·​walk·​ing | \ ˈjā-ˌwȯ-kiŋ How to pronounce jaywalking (audio) \

Definition of jaywalking

: the act of crossing a street in an illegal, careless, or unsafe manner Sidewalks overflow with people during lunch and rush hours, intersections become clogged, and jaywalking is a Pittsburgh tradition.— Joe Grata often used before another noun jaywalking tickets jaywalking laws

First Known Use of jaywalking

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Jaywalking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaywalking. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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