lifer

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life +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

lifer (plural lifers)

  1. A prisoner sentenced to life in prison.
  2. A prisoner sentenced to transportation for life.
    • Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
      They know what a clever lad he is; he'll be a lifer. They'll make the Artful nothing less than a lifer.
  3. A person who makes a career in the military.
  4. A bird species seen for the first time by a birder who is keeping a list of all the birds he or she has ever seen.
    • 2013, Sue Taylor, Best 100 Birdwatching Sites in Australia
      I saw six species of honeyeaters new to me and went home with 16 lifers and some bad sandfly bites.

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *librō, Cognate with Old Saxon levara (Dutch lever), Old High German lebara (German Leber), Old Norse lifr (Swedish lever).

Noun[edit]

lifer f

  1. liver (interior organ)

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