Definition of lifer
1 : a person sentenced to imprisonment for life
2 : a person who makes a career of one of the armed forces
3 : a person who has made a lifelong commitment (as to a way of life)
Examples of lifer in a Sentence
He was a lifer at the factory.
Recent Examples of lifer from the Web
Jeff Rosenstock is a 34-year-old punk-rock lifer who played one of the biggest gigs of his life at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park over the weekend.
The fundraiser was canceled at the last minute by Chili’s national leadership after significant blowback from pro-lifers.
These changes won't affect most of the lifer population, however and Louisiana will remain an outlier in doling out life-without-parole sentences.
Warren, who lives and trains in Denver, is a Bellator lifer.
Donaire went back to his trainer, Bazzel, a boxing lifer who was predictably skeptical.
Simmons knew him as a lifer who did laundry in exchange for goods from the canteen.
A total of 24 students graduated as lifers, having attended Charlotte Christian School for their entire academic career, beginning in first grade or before.
Johnson is as close one can get to being a Butler lifer without actually being an alum of the university.
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First Known Use of lifer
LIFER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lifer for English Language Learners
: a person who spends an entire career in the same job
: a criminal who has been sentenced to spend the rest of his or her life in prison
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