Learn English – When did the term “Jay” come to mean an “unintelligent person”?


While I was reading an article about the etymology of jaywalking, I stumbled upon this phrase:

“Jay” used to be a generic term for someone who was an idiot, dull, rube, unsophisticated, poor, or simpleton.

When did people used to use the term Jay as unintelligent person(or idiot)?

Best Answer

In the 1620s according to Etymology Online.