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n. Informal
A prisoner or an ex-convict.


(ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜːd) or


a person who is or has been confined to jail, esp repeatedly; convict



a person confined in jail.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jailbird - a criminal who has been jailed repeatedly
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime


noun prisoner, convict, con (slang), lag (slang), trusty, felon, malefactor, ticket-of-leave man (Historical) He's rubbed shoulders with judges and jailbirds.
fangi, tugthúslimur
hapishane gediklisi/kuşu


[ˈdʒeɪlbɜːd] Npresidiario/a m/f reincidente, preso/a m/f reincidente


[ˈdʒeɪlbɜːrd] ntaulard(e) m/f
a one-time jailbird → un ancien taulard


gaolbird (Brit) [ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜːd] n (fam) (old) → avanzo di galera



(dʒeil) noun
(a) prison. You ought to be sent to jail for doing that.
to put in prison. He was jailed for two years.
ˈjailer, ˈjailor, ˈgaoler noun
a person who has charge of a jail or of prisoners. The jailer was knocked unconscious in the riot.
ˈjailbird, ˈgaolbird noun
a person who is or has often been in jail.

to put a criminal in jail or gaol (not goal).
References in classic literature ?
I always knew he was no good, a jailbird, a hoodlum, a slugger.
Tell them Billy is a jailbird and that I am a bad woman whom all men desire.
There may have been some old jailbird called a King in the time of our grandmothers; but he belongs to history if not to fable.
They would never have me, a branded jailbird, in the Imperial Yeomanry
The ceremony is thrown into disarray when the jailbird arrives, determined to prove he's turned over a new leaf.
Moira also calls in at the prison, ready to lay down some ground rules ahead of Charity's release, but is wrong-footed to discover that jailbird is very up-to-date with events in the village.
OFFICE worker E Mara) is crippled about the impe of her jailbird husband, Marti(Channing Tatum in Side Effects (Channel 4, 9pmtonight).
15pm DRAMA It's Rita's (Chloe Howman, left) first day as a clinical nurse manager and she's surprised when her jailbird ex-husband, Mark, turns up.
EASTENDERS Convinced that he's been replaced in his dad's affections, the teenage jailbird runs off, but Shirley later convinces him to talk to Phil.
He visits pregnant jailbird Sam and finds her in hospital, awaiting the birth.
Fred Flintstone was joined by nuns and even a jailbird as the group walked the eight miles from Redcar to Guisborough for charity
Socialite and drink-driving jailbird Paris Hilton has become an unlikely icon for conservationists trying to highlight the plight of binge-drinking elephants in north-eastern India.