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 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 And for the conspiracy theorists out there, Langford worked alongside fellow jailbird John Katapodis on buying the laptops from MIT. Christopher Harress, AL.com, "What happened to Larry Langford's laptop for kids program?," 23 Dec. 2017 The jailbirds took wing at noon on the fateful Sunday when Andrew approached South Florida. By Michael Browning, miamiherald, "A desolated landscape: the toll of Hurricane Andrew," 25 Aug. 2015 Once locked up, jailbirds make pledge calls to collect bail. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Community leaders get 'arrested' to benefit charity," 15 June 2017 The Statue of Liberty is posing for pictures, along with Laurie Sanger, in an orange jumpsuit, a blond wig and handcuffs: a jailbird Hillary Clinton. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Notes on the U.S. Election: A Measure of America’s Fever," 7 Nov. 2016

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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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“Jailbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jailbird. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jailbird

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

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