lifer

[ lahy-fer ]
/ ˈlaɪ fər /

noun Slang.

a person sentenced to or serving a term of life imprisonment.
a person committed to a professional lifetime career in the military.
a person who has devoted a lifetime to a profession, occupation, or pursuit.
(in birding)
  1. Also called life bird. a species of bird not seen previously and that will therefore be added to the bird watcher's life list.
  2. the sighting of a bird of a previously unseen species: It seems like forever since I've had a lifer!

Origin of lifer

First recorded in 1820–30; life + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for lifer

lifer

/ (ˈlaɪfə) /

noun

informal a prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment
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Word Origin and History for lifer

lifer


n.

"prisoner serving a life sentence," 1830, from life (n.).

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