jo·​ey | \ ˈjō-ē How to pronounce joey (audio) \

Definition of joey

: a baby animal especially : a baby kangaroo

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Grand Chute police said officers responded to a report of a joey hopping across a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 41 Monday morning. Fox News, "Wisconsin police on 'kangaroo watch' after joey seen hopping across bridge," 25 June 2019 But don’t forget the present that started it all: a stuffed koala with a baby joey and a pair of baby Ugg boots. Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Getting Baby Gifts From Around the World," 16 Apr. 2019 In the corner, a kangaroo and her joey are busy grilling on the barbie. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Most Unusual Baby Gifts Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Received So Far," 24 Oct. 2018 Photo: joey roulette/Reuters The shooting occurred as the tournament was being live-streamed on social media. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Madden Videogame Competition in Jacksonville, Fla., Erupts in Gunfire," 26 Aug. 2018 But the new quoll joeys indicate that despite its setbacks, the rewilding program has been a success. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Endangered Eastern Quolls Are Born on Mainland Australia for the First Time in 50 Years," 10 July 2018 Last year, the thylacine’s genome was successfully sequenced from a tiny, wrinkled joey, preserved in alcohol for decades. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 Josephine's usually recives between two to five joeys a week. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Why Rescued Kangaroo Joeys Need Handmade Pouches," 13 June 2018 Sydney and Radar, his two adult male kangaroos, stand 6 feet tall upright, while the smallest joeys, Hannah and Lucy, named for her red fur like Lucille Ball’s hair, weigh less than 10 pounds each. Liz Teitz, The Seattle Times, "Texan finds good-fence challenges in raising kangaroos," 28 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of joey

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for joey

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: a baby kangaroo

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