jailbird

noun
jail·​bird | \ ˈjāl-ˌbərd How to pronounce jailbird (audio) \

Definition of jailbird

: a person confined in jail especially : a habitual criminal

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Examples of jailbird in a Sentence

had spent most of his sorry life as a jailbird in hoosegows across the South
Recent Examples on the Web Slick jailbird Reggie hits the street with sloppy policeman Jack, this time to nab a drug king. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Slick jailbird Reggie hits the street with sloppy policeman Jack, this time to nab a drug king. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Slick jailbird Reggie hits the street with sloppy policeman Jack, this time to nab a drug king. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Slick jailbird Reggie hits the street with sloppy policeman Jack, this time to nab a drug king. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Slick jailbird Reggie hits the street with sloppy policeman Jack, this time to nab a drug king. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘The Searchers’; ‘Forrest Gump’," 12 Mar. 2021 Slick jailbird Reggie hits the street with sloppy policeman Jack, this time to nab a drug king. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 There are stars on the collarbones to symbolize thievery, the Russian abbreviation for the Soviet Union (CCCP) on the left forearm, and the common Russki jailbird tattoo of St. Basil on the chest. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Decoding the Georgian and Russian Symbols at Vetements," 2 July 2018 Brawl in Cell Block 99' If John Wick was a deranged jailbird locked in a maximum security prison, his movie might look a little something like this brutal crime drama. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "10 films you probably missed this year that are streaming right now," 26 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of jailbird

1603, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jailbird was in 1603

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6 May 2021

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“Jailbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jailbird. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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jailbird

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jailbird

informal + old-fashioned : a person who has often been in jail or prison

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