One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is or has been in prison, especially a criminal who has been jailed repeatedly.
criminal, lawbreaker, outlaw, offender, felon, convict, malefactor, wrongdoer, black hat, supervillainView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘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.’
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