jailbird
noun Date: 1603 a person confined in jail; especially a habitual criminal

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • jailbird — jail bird , jail bird jail bird A prisoner; one is in prison or who has been confined in prison. [Slang] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jailbird — (n.) 1610s, based on an image of a caged bird; from JAIL (Cf. jail) (n.) + BIRD (Cf. bird) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • jailbird — [jāl′bʉrd΄] n. Informal 1. a prisoner or former prisoner in a jail 2. a person often put in jail; habitual lawbreaker …   English World dictionary

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  • jailbird — UK [ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜː(r)d] / US [ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜrd] noun [countable] Word forms jailbird : singular jailbird plural jailbirds informal a prisoner, especially someone who has spent most of their adult life in prison …   English dictionary

  • jailbird — {n.}, {informal} A convict; someone who is in jail or has been recently released from prison. * /Because Harry was a jailbird, it was understandably hard for him to find a job after being imprisoned./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jailbird — {n.}, {informal} A convict; someone who is in jail or has been recently released from prison. * /Because Harry was a jailbird, it was understandably hard for him to find a job after being imprisoned./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jailbird — noun informal A convict; someone who is in jail or has been recently released from prison. Because Harry was a jailbird, it was understandably hard for him to find a job after being imprisoned …   Словарь американских идиом

  • jailbird — [[t]ʤe͟ɪlbɜː(r)d[/t]] jailbirds N COUNT If you refer to someone as a jailbird, you mean that they are in prison, or have been in prison. [INFORMAL, OLD FASHIONED] Syn: convict …   English dictionary

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