jayhawker
noun Date: 1858 1. a. often capitalized a member of a band of antislavery guerrillas in Kansas and Missouri before and during the American Civil War b. bandit 2. capitalized a native or resident of Kansas — used as a nickname

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  • Jayhawker — Jay hawk er, n. A name given to a free booting, unenlisted, armed man or guerrilla. Note: [A term of opprobrium used in the war of 1861 65, U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jayhawker — Amer.Eng., 1858, originally freebooter, guerrilla, Kansas irregular (especially one who came from the North). Hence back formed verb jayhawk harass (1866) …   Etymology dictionary

  • jayhawker — [jā′hôk΄ər] n. [< ?] 1. an abolitionist guerrilla of Missouri and Kansas in Civil War days 2. a robber, raider, or plunderer 3. [J ] Informal a person born or living in Kansas: also Jayhawk …   English World dictionary

  • Jayhawker — Jayhawkers is a term that originally applied to guerrilla fighters during the American Civil War in Kansas who often clashed with pro slavery partisans, as well as Missouri militia units. The name was also used by or applied to some Kansas… …   Wikipedia

  • Jayhawker — /jay haw keuhr/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Kansas (used as a nickname). 2. (sometimes l.c.) a plundering marauder, esp. one of the antislavery guerrillas in Kansas, Missouri, and other border states before and during the Civil War. [1855 60 …   Universalium

  • jayhawker — noun a) An abolitionist raider in the Kansas Missouri border skirmishes during the American Civil War b) a robber or bandit …   Wiktionary

  • jayhawker — jay·hawk·er …   English syllables

  • Jayhawker — Jay•hawk•er [[t]ˈdʒeɪˌhɔ kər[/t]] n. 1) geg a native or inhabitant of Kansas (used as a nickname) 2) amh. (sometimes l.c.) a plundering marauder, esp. one of the antislavery guerrillas in Kansas and Missouri before and during the Civil War •… …   From formal English to slang

  • jayhawker — “ə(r) noun 1. a. often capitalized : a member of one of the bands of antislavery guerrillas of the Kansas border in raids on Missouri before and during the Civil War b. : a member of one of the bands of outlaws engaged in raiding in the West… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jayhawker State — Kansas (used as a nickname). * * * …   Universalium

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