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

Examples of jaywalking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, Wallace said, police who rarely or never arrest anyone on suspicion of jaywalking can have their motives questioned for a jaywalking arrest. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Mar. 2022 The criticisms and mea culpa come in the wake of a ProPublica report last month that private police in Cleveland’s medical area predominantly cite and criminally charge Black people for traffic violations and misdemeanors such as trespassing, jaywalking and possession of marijuana. David Armstrong, ProPublica, 15 Oct. 2020 New York City proposed a new tax on motorists, and California relaxed jaywalking restrictions and freed up land once reserved for parking spaces. Alice Li, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2020 Supporters of the legislation contend that jaywalking is arbitrarily enforced throughout California. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Mar. 2021 This codified the modern jaywalking offense and set an example the country would soon follow. Alice Li, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2020 California has had one of the strictest jaywalking laws in the nation. Kurtis Lee, New York Times, 1 Dec. 2022 In addition to snow removal, the two residents believe the village could make low-cost changes to the downtown area to prevent jaywalking and pedestrian collisions with cars. Matt Leavitt, cleveland, 24 Nov. 2022 Instances involving jaywalking have also resulted in public outrage in the state. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jaywalking was in 1910

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“Jaywalking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaywalking. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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