jailbird

[ jeyl-burd ]
/ ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜrd /

noun

a person who is or has been confined in jail; convict or ex-convict.

Nearby words

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

Origin of jailbird

First recorded in 1595–1605; jail + bird

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British Dictionary definitions for jailbird

jailbird

gaolbird

/ (ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜːd) /

noun

a person who is or has been confined to jail, esp repeatedly; convict
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Word Origin and History for jailbird

jailbird

n.

1610s, based on an image of a caged bird; from jail (n.) + bird (n.1).

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