American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal One who is destined or deserves to be hanged.
- n. archaic A person who deserves to be, or is likely to be hanged.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. [Colloq.] a person who deserves the gallows.
- n. a person who deserves to be hanged
- Compare virtually identical French construction gibier de potence, and similar English jailbird. (Wiktionary)
“Hereupon the King called his sworder of vengeance, who came with his lads, and said to him, “Take this gallows bird and strike off his head and after do the like with this harlot and burn their bodies, and consult me not about them a second time.””
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Specific use of the word bird to describe those featherless bipeds with the broad nails. (From Plato's description of man. See chicken.)
Citation: 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, unabridged from the original 1811 edition, with a foreword by Max Harris. London: Bibliophile Books, 1984.
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