joey

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

Definition of joey

Australia
: a baby animal especially : a baby kangaroo

Examples of joey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, as Australia rebuilds after the fires and hopes to slowly return to normal life after coronavirus, the baby joey is one reason to feel hopeful about the country’s future. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Months After Devastating Bushfires, Australian Park Welcomes Its First Baby Koala (Video)," 28 May 2020 Cages contained adorable baby squirrels and a litter of 10 young opossums, called joeys, who were found in the pouch of their dead mother. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'People are looking for love': Adoptions of dogs, cats skyrocket during coronavirus pandemic," 20 May 2020 During a recent health check, officials found a baby joey inside the pouch of their newest wallaby, Ava. Segann March, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Zoo welcomes new family member," 12 Apr. 2020 The zoo's veterinary team says the joey is healthy and strong. Segann March, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Zoo welcomes new family member," 12 Apr. 2020 There's an unusual take on the wonder of motherhood with a wallaby joey who spends most of his time in his mother's pouch. Chip Reid, CBS News, "Zoos are closed. Here's how the National Zoo is keeping the animals happy and healthy," 11 Apr. 2020 Around September, this baby, also known as a joey, is ready to leave the pouch, Menzies says. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "This marsupial is the only animal that's always pregnant," 2 Mar. 2020 The joey is the first baby for 4-year-old female koala Rinny, who has been at Zoo Miami since September 2018, and 8-year-old male koala Milo, who arrived at Zoo Miami in 2016. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "New Koala Baby at Florida Zoo Named 'Hope' As Australia's Wildfires Kill Over 1 Billion Animals," 10 Jan. 2020 The 7-month-old joey was born in February at the Franklin Park Zoo. BostonGlobe.com, "A new baby kangaroo has arrived at the Franklin Park Zoo, Zoo New England announced.," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of joey

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for joey

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“Joey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joey. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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joey

noun
How to pronounce joey (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of joey

: a baby kangaroo

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