Jailbird meaning

jāl'bûrd'
The definition of a jailbird is a criminal who has been in jail or prison, especially someone who has repeatedly been in prison.

Someone who is in and out of jail is an example of a jailbird.

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A prisoner or an ex-convict.
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A prisoner or former prisoner in a jail.
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A person often put in jail; habitual lawbreaker.
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A prisoner or an ex-prisoner.
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Origin of jailbird

jail +‎ bird, circa 1600. Compare gallows bird.