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jailbird

[jeyl-burd] /ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
a person who is or has been confined in jail; convict or ex-convict.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; jail + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for jail-bird

jailbird

/ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
a person who is or has been confined to jail, esp repeatedly; convict
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Word Origin and History for jail-bird

jailbird

n.

1610s, based on an image of a caged bird; from jail (n.) + bird (n.1).

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Slang definitions & phrases for jail-bird

jailbird

noun

A convict or ex-convict (1618+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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