Yardbird

/ˈjɑːdbəːd/

Origin

1940–45, Americanism; yard2 + bird, by analogy with jailbird (Source: dictionary.com)

1940s perhaps suggested by jailbird. (Source: lexico.com)

Definitions of Yardbird

Yardbird

noun

  1. a convict or prisoner.
  2. an army recruit.
  3. a soldier confined to camp and assigned to cleaning the grounds or other menial tasks as punishment for violation of the rules.
  4. US military an inexperienced, untrained, or clumsy soldier, esp one employed on menial duties

dictionary.com

Yardbird

noun

  1. A new military recruit, especially one assigned to menial tasks.
  2. A convict.

lexico.com

Yardbird

noun

  1. : a soldier assigned to a menial task or restricted to a limited area as a disciplinary measure
  2. : an untrained or inept enlisted man

merriam-webster.com

Related words & Synonyms

hostage, convict, captive, detainee, culprit, offender, crook, hooligan, fugitive, gangster, hoodlum, felon, thug, mobster, lawbreaker, miscreant, wrongdoer, criminal, delinquent, tough

Nearby words

yard-long bean , yard-of-ale , yardage , yardang , yardarm , yardie , yarding , yardland , yardman , yardmaster

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