Meaning of yardbird

yard•bird

Pronunciation: (yärd'bûrd"), [key]
— n. Slang.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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