- a person who is or has been confined in jail; convict or ex-convict.
Origin of jailbird
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Related Wordsdelinquent, culprit, offender, gangster, mobster, hooligan, fugitive, crook, racketeer, felon, hoodlum, scofflaw, pickpocket, wrongdoer, lowlife, suspect, convict, criminal, lawbreaker, pariah
Examples from the Web for jailbird
"If he's a jailbird I'll hate to see him in these parts," went on the farmer soberly.The Rover Boys in the Air
I guess ye'll not be findin' anybody that will be wantin' a jailbird.Just Patty
Then, after the jailbird had flown, he said that he would not send word at all.Betty Lee, Senior
Harriet Pyne Grove
The fellers say that hes been a jailbird, an they dont want him in the house.
Poor devil, hes got all the marks of the jailbird about him.
- a person who is or has been confined to jail, esp repeatedly; convict
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Word Origin and History for jailbird
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