Definition of gallows-bird in English:



  • A person who deserves to be hanged.

    • ‘The gallows-bird was still corporal of our troop.’
    • ‘His former secretary was a rascal, but he paid the price - that gallows-bird.’
    • ‘I am a good judge of faces, and I can see that you are a true gallows-bird.’
    • ‘And you would be a highwayman, would you, gallows-bird?’
    • ‘This dastardly fellow, this gallows-bird of a conspirator is your own dear Cornelius, is he?’