jailbird

noun jail·bird \ ˈjāl-ˌbərd \
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

Definition of jailbird

: a person confined in jail; especially : a habitual criminal

Examples of jailbird in a Sentence

  1. had spent most of his sorry life as a jailbird in hoosegows across the South

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JAILBIRD Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of jailbird for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has often been in jail or prison



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