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Slang

jailbait

This page is about the slang term jailbait

American and Australian English

Meaning

someone below the legal age of consent

For example

  • 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 is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If a guy falls in love with a girl who's jailbait, he should

a. ask her to marry him

b. ask her to sleep with him

c. wait until she's older

Slang of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey