Definition of lifer in English:

lifer

noun

informal
  • 1A person serving a life sentence in prison.

    • ‘For discretionary lifers this minimum period is known as the ' relevant part ' of the sentence.’
    • ‘Nearly half the inmates here are lifers with little gain to gain from cooperating with investigators.’
    • ‘I meet adult prisoners, including lifers, every day in education and we all take the same classes.’
    • ‘Category A prisoners or lifers at Horfield Prison in Bristol are only allowed one two-hour visit each fortnight and so far she has been the only person to see him in jail.’
    • ‘This list is made up of other designated dangerous offenders, lifers, hostage takers and others who might be likely to harm the staff or attempt escape.’
    • ‘The fact that a decision to change the category of a lifer has not been made does not prevent the prisoner being moved.’
    • ‘At that time there was a lifer population of some 5200 prisoners, of whom over 3700 were mandatory lifers, in prisons in England and Wales.’
    • ‘Glenochil numbers 80 lifers among its 500 inmates, but it seems this is less daunting than governing under ‘the white hot glare of the media’.’
    • ‘You will be treated as a discretionary lifer.’
    • ‘We estimate his proposals will double the number of lifers in our prisons, which will increase the huge overcrowding problem.’
    • ‘I say we use the chain gang system for lifers, and only lifers.’
    • ‘The place had a feel of wandering round a high security prison full of psychopathic lifers doing solitary.’
    • ‘One long-term lifer, a woman in fact, told me once that she never met a lifer in her time in prison who didn't approve of capital punishment.’
    • ‘When I last had statistics, there were 3,600 lifers in our prisons.’
    • ‘It reports that the lifer population in U.S. prisons has more than tripled in the past two decades.’
    • ‘To reach the threshold of exceptional progress there would also need to be some extra element to show that the lifer had done good works for the benefit of others.’
    • ‘Mandatory lifers who have not yet had a tariff fixed will now have to wait until the new legislation is in place to have their tariffs judicially set.’
    • ‘The diversity of designs would make the prison tattoos of a lifer in a Russian jail look as if he didn't have much time on his hands.’
    • ‘Life sentence prisoners in England and Wales fall into two categories: mandatory lifers and discretionary lifers.’
    • ‘Before most lifers die in prison, they grow old, get sick, and must be cared for.’
  • 2North American A person who spends their life in a particular career, especially in one of the armed forces.

    • ‘A career soldier in a family of military lifers, Dallaire was appointed to head the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Rwanda in June 1993.’
    • ‘His career as a Colgate lifer illustrates the company's determination to constantly strengthen its management bench through a combination of global job opportunities and personal development.’
    • ‘He's one of those baseball lifers constantly pitching for his next paycheck.’
    • ‘He has been called a basketball lifer not because he has spent his whole life in the game, but because the game is such a big part of life.’
    • ‘The press, the political community, the inside-the-Beltway lifers - they prefer a rich display of details, a bit of nuance, and some wit.’
    • ‘Most of the lifers think that the military lacks discipline and blame the new ‘Nintendo generation’ soldiers for the weakness.’
    • ‘He is a baseball lifer who enjoys the mental challenge of catching.’
    • ‘A fire department captain, a lifer who would do 33 years before retiring to a Florida golf course, he used days off to tee it up.’
    • ‘The rest of us are just sort of lifer musician-types.’

Pronunciation:

lifer

/ˈlīfər/