yardbird

noun
yard·​bird | \ ˈyärd-ˌbərd How to pronounce yardbird (audio) \

Definition of yardbird

1 : a soldier assigned to a menial task or restricted to a limited area as a disciplinary measure
2 : an untrained or inept enlisted man

Examples of yardbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fiery, cayenne-laden style of yardbird, born in the city, is a foodie obsession. Jeremy Egner, New York Times, "As Seen on TV: A Road Trip Tracks the Shows of the South," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of yardbird

circa 1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yardbird

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“Yardbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yardbird. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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