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jail·bird

 (jāl′bûrd′)
n. Informal
A prisoner or an ex-convict.
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jailbird

(ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜːd) or

gaolbird

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

(ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜrd)

n.
a person confined in jail.
[1595–1605]
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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
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jailbird

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

jailbird

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

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

gaolbird (Brit) [ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜːd] n (fam) (old) → avanzo di galera
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

jail,

gaol

(dʒeil) noun
(a) prison. You ought to be sent to jail for doing that.
verb
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).
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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.
After walking a ways, Jurgis met a little ragamuffin whom he hailed: "Hey, sonny!" The boy cocked one eye at him--he knew that Jurgis was a "jailbird" by his shaven head.
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!
These dacoits have already remained jailbirds and also used to snatch cash from people, he said adding police have registered a case against them while further investigation is underway.
It's all kicking off on the cobbles, with a load of jailbirds moving into a halfway house on Coronation Street.
Craig hasn't been a policeman for very long -- but he would certainly have his work cut out for him with a house full of jailbirds living on the street."
Summary: Bhalki (Karnataka) [India], May 3 (ANI): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has planned to fill the Karnataka Assembly with 'jailbirds'.
There are even abs training classes and supervised gym sessions for jailbirds who want to tone up before gaining their freedom.
The total contributions during the year for the jailbirds has reached Dh1.8million, resulting in the release of 17 inmates.
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