Definition of yardbird in English:

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yardbird

Pronunciation: /ˈyärdbərd/

noun

US informal
1A new military recruit, especially one assigned to menial tasks.
Example sentences
  • A stitch in one argent yardbird's stripe, probably saves nine.
  • Getting the yardbird orchestrating attacks off the street is far more important to the lives of your soldiers than a little wounded pride over a screwed up form.
  • The yardbirds are in the throes of rumour-induced psychosis after being gripped by speculation that our entire unit is about to be transported to a faraway place.
2A convict.
Example sentences
  • Jim also identified negative effects such as younger inmates being taken advantage of by older predatory yardbirds, and some ultimately becoming cheetos-metamorphoses that Jim doesn't approve of.
  • The working convict is a rare exception, sometimes envied because his time is occupied, sometimes derided for his deviance from the yardbird norm.
3A chicken.

Origin

1940s: perhaps suggested by jailbird.

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