Definition of Gallows bird

1. Noun. A person who deserves to be hanged.

Generic synonyms: Scoundrel, Villain



Definition of Gallows bird

1. Noun. (archaic) A person who deserves to be, or is likely to be hanged. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gallows Bird

gallops
gallopt
gallotannic
gallotannic acid
gallous
gallow
gallow tree
galloway
galloways
gallowed
gallowing
gallows
gallows-tree
gallows bird (current term)
gallows birds
gallows humor
gallows humour
gallows tree
gallowses
galls
gallsickness
gallstone
gallstone colic
gallstone ileus
gallstones
gallumph
gallumphs
galluptious

Literary usage of Gallows bird

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1. Glossary of Terms and Phrases by Henry Percy Smith (1883)
"Gibier de potence, a gallows bird. ' Gibraltar. (Pillars of Herakles.) Giffard injector. A contrivance for introducing water into a boiler without pumping. ..."

2. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
""It Is ill to check sleep or sweat in a sick man," said he ; "I know that far, though I ne'er minced [dissected] ape nor gallows-bird. ..."

3. The Fair Maid of Perth, Or, Saint Valentine's Day: Or Saint Valentine's Day by Walter Scott (1878)
"... exclaimed, "Had this been iu another place, young gallows- bird, I had stowed the lugs out of thy head, as I have done to some of thy clan before thee. ..."

4. A German and English Dictionary by Karl. Breul (1906)
"... gallows-bird, ... m. gallows-bird, criminal ; raven. «OllO'll, n. (—&, pi. —Sand—e) figure-head (of a shin). ..."

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