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[bur-guh l] /ˈbɜr gəl/
verb (used with or without object), burgled, burgling.
Origin of burgle
First recorded in 1870-75; back formation from burglar Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for burgle
Historical Examples
  • Well, he must manage it, "burgle" his own house, if necessary.

    Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But what did they want to go and burgle a plaster figure for?

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • Being about to burgle the bank, it's well not to be seen together—eh?

  • She will burgle your office: she will have you attacked and garotted at night in the street.

    Augustus Does His Bit George Bernard Shaw
  • Has it ever struck you that the hostel would be a very easy place to burgle?

    A Popular Schoolgirl

    Angela Brazil
  • Every burglar who burgles in really humorous attitudes will burgle as much as he likes.

    All Things Considered G. K. Chesterton
  • Are you hard hearted enough not only to break and enter, but also to burgle his hoard?

  • He disguises himself as a gypsy, and comes to burgle my house, and makes a silly will which ought to be upset.

    Red Money Fergus Hume
  • But ten to one he'll burgle again; they always do; burglary grows on a man, like drink.'

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • You would almost rather let her go ahead and burgle, and let her go away with your money, than to shoot her.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
British Dictionary definitions for burgle


to commit burglary upon (a house, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for burgle

1869, verbal back-formation from burglar (q.v.). Related: Burgled; burgling. Cf. burglarize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for burgle



To break into a place to rob; burglarize (1870+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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