jailbird

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

jail +‎ bird, circa 1600.[1] Compare gallows bird.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

jailbird (plural jailbirds)

  1. A prisoner or an ex-prisoner

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References[edit]

  1. ^ jailbird” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).