Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A horseracing enthusiast, especially one who watches races at the outer rail of the track.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rail or similar bird
  • n. A gambler; originally specifically a horseracing enthusiast

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fan of racing who watches races from the outer rail of the track

Etymologies

rail +‎ bird (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The sport is highly telegenic, and has great cyber-possibilities: it's full of railbird chatter, and handicappers analyze more downloadable data than fantasy-baseball practitioners do.

    Limping Home

  • Pearce's antics have been so offensive, a railbird told our reporter yesterday, that House Republican Leaders are having difficulty filling out the Appropriations Committee roster--expected to be between 15 and 18 members--because a number of members are unwilling to sit on a committee he chairs.

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  • The morning of May 12, the first day of the championship, Stuey was little more than a railbird a derogatory term used to describe the brokesters who watch the action from behind the barriers surrounding the tables.

    One of a Kind

  • Mansfield was a known railbird, and he'd be glued to the finish line before the first race went off.

    A Bomb Built in Hell

  • Some railbird satirist near the wire bawled "Go!" as the unspeakable riot swept past in dust-clouds.

    The Skipper and the Skipped Being the Shore Log of Cap'n Aaron Sproul

  • In the course of a mini-monologue, Zito can sound like a railbird who was one unlucky break from cashing a big ticket.

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  • Numbers don't really convey it, especially if you're not much of a railbird.

    Slate Magazine

  • Morgan Mundane was the street-wise bookie and eternal railbird, all of them springing full-form from the sly mind and mouth of Steve Cannon each weekday afternoon.

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  • Barney Underwood is not an ordinary railbird-he's a tell catcher.

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  • You no longer have to visit Las Vegas to railbird the high stakes action; all you have to do now is fire up Full Tilt Poker to watch the likes of Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, and Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies battle it out for six-figure pots.

    Poker Player Newspaper Online

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