jo·​ey ˈjō-ē How to pronounce joey (audio)
: a baby animal
especially : a baby kangaroo

Examples of joey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Across two ongoing studies, more than 300 wild koalas have been vaccinated, and many vaccinated females have gone on to have healthy joeys, some of which have now had joeys of their own, Dr. Beagley said. Emily Anthes Chang W. Lee, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2024 Among marsupials, newborn joeys emerge at a remarkably early developmental stage. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 30 Jan. 2024 In the initial stages of its life, a baby kangaroo, known as a joey, faces the crucial task of maneuvering through its mother's fur to reach and secure itself onto a teat within the pouch. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 30 Jan. 2024 Hence it might be inferred that Washington’s future might include the arrival of wallaby youngsters, or as they are called, joeys. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 11 June 2023 Young opossums, or joeys, are only dependent on their mothers for about two months, Herreman said, which lines up with the amount of time Grubby was loose in Homer before being captured. Megan Pacer, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2023 The birth gives wildlife conservationists hope for the endangered species; 45 Tasmanian devil joeys are expected to be born in the wild sanctuary this year. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 Born after about 35 days, a joey uses its sense of smell and strong front legs with claws to climb up its mother’s fur into her downward-facing pouch. Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2023 Hundreds of thousands of joeys die during commercial shooting each year, according to a 2009 report commissioned by Animal Liberation NSW, either through intentional head injuries or starvation after their mothers die. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History


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First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of joey was in 1839

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“Joey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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