Definition of jailbird
: a person confined in jail; especially : a habitual criminal
Examples of jailbird in a Sentence
had spent most of his sorry life as a jailbird in hoosegows across the South
Recent Examples of jailbird from the Web
Once locked up, jailbirds make pledge calls to collect bail.
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.
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JAILBIRD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jailbird for English Language Learners
: a person who has often been in jail or prison
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