[jey-wawk] /ˈdʒeɪˌwɔk/

verb (used without object)
to cross a street at a place other than a regular crossing or in a heedless manner, as diagonally or against a traffic light.
(intransitive) to cross or walk in a street recklessly or illegally

by 1912, American English (said in original citation to be a Kansas City term), from jay, perhaps with notion of boldness and impudence. Related: Jaywalk; jaywalker.


To walk into or across a street at a forbidden place or without the right of way

[1916+; fr the naive behavior of a jay, ”rustic”]


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