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EtymologyEdit

jail +‎ bait, from the fact that statutory rape can result, for the adult committing it, in incarceration.

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  • enPR: jāl´bāt, IPA(key): /ˈdʒeɪlbeɪt/
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jailbait (usually uncountable, plural jailbaits)

  1. (slang) A sexually mature person (usually female) below the legal age of consent who is regarded (usually by an adult male) as being attractive and/or seductive.
    • 2009, The Economist, Charis Wilson, model and writer, died on November 20th, aged 95:
      "The first time she modelled for Edward Weston, in March 1934, Charis Wilson knew she didn’t look good. At 20 she was “a piece of jailbait”, a mere child, especially with the stumpy plaits into which she sometimes twisted her hair."

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