Definition of deejay in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdiːdʒeɪ//diːˈdʒeɪ/


  • A disc jockey.

    • ‘Samples to station deejays are expected to create even more buzz.’
    • ‘Having had her big break as a radio deejay and model, it's not surprising that she would take the progression to television.’
    • ‘Even with classics backing him up, the star here is Batta, an excitable deejay who effortlessly deflates all the pressure of the dub and turns the record into an almost joyous celebration.’
    • ‘It was sort of a ridiculous pipe dream to think that at 12 years old we could start a business working as deejays.’
    • ‘He became a radio deejay for awhile then ran a pawnshop with his brother.’
    • ‘The crowd's reception was wild and the deejays were professional,’ he recalls.’
    • ‘Those film-makers don't need composers; they need deejays.’
    • ‘Festival-goers can look forward to more than 70 artists, deejays, outdoor activities, beer gardens, restaurants, flea markets and a variety of sports.’
    • ‘I was a radio deejay for a time, so I have a strong aversion to anybody tampering with my visions of a real artist.’
    • ‘The dance floor had three columns evenly spaced around the deejay for individual dancers to show their stuff.’
    • ‘Working as a deejay was different from being just a news reporter.’
    • ‘Similar strategies were employed in Birmingham, with council members applying varying degrees of pressure upon merchants, radio deejays, and concert promoters.’
    • ‘The deejays loved her because she hit the road and came to see them and they all fell in love with her.’
    • ‘After he was elected student-body president, school officials ousted him from the president's post because they didn't want a deejay representing the school.’
    • ‘Champps has its deejays make in-house announcements.’
    • ‘The festivities will include performances by some of the nominated artists and will be hosted by Dean Blundell and Danger, the morning radio deejays on New Rock Edge 102 in Toronto.’
    • ‘A local deejay is attempting to lighten the mood after the arrival of a deadly virus in the African country in early May.’
    • ‘The song switched off of the radio, and the deejay's voice replaced it.’
    • ‘Many of Montreal's best singers, deejays and singjays appear on what seems to be as much a snapshot of some of this city's best live reggae as it is an album.’
    • ‘For economic reasons, most youths are not able to reproduce their musical output for further distribution, and the most common action is to give a copy to a deejay sympathetic to local musical talent for him or her to play on the air.’


[no object]informal
  • Perform as a disc jockey, typically in a club.

    • ‘Hip hop has its roots in New York City and contains the elements of rapping, deejaying, breakdancing, and graffiti art.’
    • ‘I met Tom whilst I was deejaying in a club in Taunton, in Somerset.’
    • ‘He has no concrete plans regarding his future career development, but is sure that he will continue deejaying for no more than five years.’
    • ‘Saturday night, i'll be guest deejaying at Scenic for The Deli's Alphabet City party.’
    • ‘If you're going to see The Futureheads tonight at Webster Hall, come by Black and White afterwards where i'll be deejaying at the official afterparty!’
    • ‘Next Friday, that would be September 2nd, I'll be guest deejaying in Paris!’
    • ‘With his solo project becoming more and more prominent, Hebden found himself very much in demand and embarked on a punishing schedule of live appearances at festivals and venues all over the world, while also regularly deejaying.’
    • ‘She also showed off her fancy footwork on the dance floor to the music of rapper Biz Markie, who deejayed at the party.’
    • ‘On Wednesday March 23rd, i'll be guest deejaying at one of my favorite nyc places, HIRO (at The Maritime Hotel) for the new weekly party Any Suggestions?’
    • ‘Collins deejayed at his primary school leaving do.’
    • ‘It wasn't long before he started deejaying around town, progressively gaining recognition for his particular blend of jazz ambiences and hip-hop beats.’
    • ‘Oh, Lucy's brother Rob will be deejaying at St Jerome's tonight.’
    • ‘In fact, this mini-album seems to entirely results of an enthusiastic outburst of energy, nurtured while the man was regularly deejaying at squatters parties during the nineties.’
    • ‘I haven't seen him since I was 12, but I remember he used to deejay in basements.’
    • ‘The funny thing about deejaying over here is that this is the first time New Order fans have had a chance to talk to a New Order member face to face for years and it's been really nice.’
    • ‘If you're around this Friday come to fat baby where i'll be deejaying with DJ Data from 11 to 3am or so.’
    • ‘The one who is on air has just started deejaying and had expressed interest in singing.’
    • ‘When he began deejaying in the early 70s, the requisite tools weren't even available.’
    • ‘Falling in love with bhangra when she first heard the music, she started deejaying in the '90s in New York with her male cousins.’
    • ‘The whole event was deejayed by a digitised voice and a silent, live Jessie statue clad in gold from head to toe was also present.’


1950s (originally US): representing the pronunciation of DJ.