jailbait

[ jeyl-beyt ]
/ ˈdʒeɪlˌbeɪt /

noun Slang.

a girl with whom sexual intercourse is punishable as statutory rape because she is under the legal age of consent.

Nearby words

  1. jai alai,
  2. jai hind,
  3. jail,
  4. jail delivery,
  5. jail fever,
  6. jailbird,
  7. jailbreak,
  8. jailer,
  9. jailhouse,
  10. jailhouse lawyer

Origin of jailbait

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; jail + bait

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British Dictionary definitions for jail bait

jailbait

/ (ˈdʒeɪlˌbeɪt) /

noun

slang a young woman, or young women collectively, considered sexually attractive but below the age of consent
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Word Origin and History for jail bait

jailbait

n.

also jail bait, jail-bait, "girl under the legal age of consent," 1930, from jail (n.) + bait (n.).

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