Definition of jailbird in US English:



  • A person who is or has been in prison, especially a criminal who has been jailed repeatedly.

    • ‘Photographs in each cell - there are about 10 of them, plus an open eating area with tables for the less adventurous - depict various prison scenes and mugshots of some jailbirds.’
    • ‘‘Then we met a former jailbird who told us that the secret to surviving inside was ‘little victories’ - maybe something as small as winning a bigger helping of carrots,’ says La Frenais.’
    • ‘A professor at the University of Maryland's MBA program sends his students to prison for a ‘scared straight’ session - where they get to feel what it's like living behind bars, and talk to CEO jailbirds.’
    • ‘Well that's interesting, because certainly for those of us who remember him in the '70s, he almost came across as an outlaw, as a jailbird, in fact many of his songs were about prison.’
    • ‘Seven youths attacked and killed a man after one of them claimed he had treated him harshly when they were jailbirds, the regional court here heard yesterday.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, outlaw, offender, felon, convict, malefactor, wrongdoer, black hat, supervillain
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