railbird

noun

rail·​bird ˈrāl-ˌbərd How to pronounce railbird (audio)
: a racing enthusiast who sits on or near the track rail to watch a race or workout

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In horse racing, a railbird is a track regular who hangs on the rail to watch the horses from up close to the action. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 19 Feb. 2020 My editor, Jim—both a Jersey guy and a railbird—asked. Jason Gay, WSJ, 18 June 2018 Sent off at a generous 27-1 in the Derby, but a popular buzz horse among railbirds, Hofburg and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. steadied twice in the second turn before restarting and finishing energetically in seventh place. Tim Layden, SI.com, 7 June 2018 My editor, Jim—both a Jersey guy and a railbird—asked. Jason Gay, WSJ, 18 June 2018 Sent off at a generous 27-1 in the Derby, but a popular buzz horse among railbirds, Hofburg and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. steadied twice in the second turn before restarting and finishing energetically in seventh place. Tim Layden, SI.com, 7 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of railbird was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Railbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railbird. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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