Slang of the Day ( 16 Sep 2017 )


  jailbait

■ Meaning: someone below the legal age of consent

■ For example:
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  • He claims he had no idea the girl was jailbait, and insists that she told him she was nineteen years old.
  • One of the greatest novels in the English language is about a man who falls for a girl even though he knows she’s jailbait. It’s called “Lolita”.

■ Origin: From the fact that in many countries an adult having sexual contact with an underage partner can be given a jail sentence. The underage partner is “bait” that could lead to jail.

■ Variety: This slang term is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.