• WordNet 3.6
    • n jailbird a criminal who has been jailed repeatedly
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name of the character that is behind bars in the Monopoly board game is Jake the Jailbird
    • n jailbird One who has been or is confined in jail; a malefactor.
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In literature:

They would never have me, a branded jailbird, in the Imperial Yeomanry!
"Raffles" by E. W. Hornung
He saw Paul in a jailbird's uniform, but while he agonized he didn't believe the tale.
"Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis
Tell them Billy is a jailbird and that I am a bad woman whom all men desire.
"The Valley of the Moon" by Jack London
You ain't dividin' up with the blasted jailbird?
"Shavings" by Joseph C. Lincoln
A.," Peter had said, "and you can bet your boots no jailbird will ever roost on it if he thinks twice.
"West Wind Drift" by George Barr McCutcheon
I've got to take to a life that fits me, an ex-jailbird, a man that's been in prison for killing!
"No Defense, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
A jailbird in the family!
"Philip Winwood" by Robert Neilson Stephens
In the meantime Mexico had sent many of her jailbirds to settle in Texas.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
Got no papers for jailbirds.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
Men, you are jailbirds as you say, but you are American seamen.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
I want no jailbirds in my ship.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
They were firm in demanding that no "jailbirds" be sent them.
"Patrician and Plebeian" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
I'll look like a jailbird to them if I don't color up.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Once a jailbird, always a jailbird.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
All jailbirds tell the tale and shout their innocence.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Theoretically all men should have shunned him on account of his jailbird taint.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Consider what that means to a community of jailbirds.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
I'm a jailbird, I say.
"McAllister and His Double" by Arthur Train
I'll make a jailbird of him, that I will!
"The Road to Paris" by Robert Neilson Stephens
He proposes to enlist wharf-rats down at Rockett's, and ruffians, and especially jailbirds.
"The Master of Warlock" by George Cary Eggleston

In news:

Steelers' jailbird bumblebee throwbacks causing a stir (PHOTOS).
THE best-selling books here these days are all by jailbirds.
Lionel the Jailbird at Rumba Cafe.
From Jailbird To Embroidery Artist.
Criterion releases Jim Jarmusch's jailbird gem on Blu-ray.
Arpaio and former jailbird "Randall" share a moment.
The druggist, Mr Gower, would be a rummy jailbird and Jimmy Stewart's little brother would have fallen l through the ice and drowned as a boy.
Flickr creative commons by jailbird 12.
"Jailbird Won't Fly", " Sales Pitch BOMBED" & "High Caliber Food".
On Aug 26, 1973, with the headline " Sea Gull Becomes Downtown Jailbird," The Dispatch reported that a bird had been weaving in and out of traffic on the East Freeway (I-70) and was picked up and taken downtown to police headquarters.
From jailbirds to dancing skeletons, THV's Tom Brannon, Ashley Blackstone and.
James Wolcott's engrossing view of Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut ( NYR, November 22) contains a passage that could be misconstrued.