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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 ?
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
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.
The jailbirds had been promised that the work, building 20 new fire doors, would begin at 9.
Locals fear that pals of jailbirds will use their gardens to throw drugs into the jail.
Jailbirds is a claustrophobic look inside a prison.
HOME Secretary Jack Straw will make sure all jailbirds can read and write when they are freed.
But, unlike Lakeside, The Builders or Driving School, Jailbirds actually tells you something about the human condition and it doesn't offer much in the way of comfort either.
TEN jailbirds in a top-security prison have passed their soccer refereeing exams - thanks to an adjudicator called Andrew Justice.
And he is likely to cause another stir with Jailbirds, billed as ITV's answer to Casualty.
The star of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels once performed a death scene in front of jailbirds in Durham prison.