Try Our Apps


Is irregardless a word?


[hous-breyk] /ˈhaʊsˌbreɪk/
verb (used with object), housebroke, housebroken, housebreaking.
to train (a pet) to excrete outdoors or in a specific place.
Origin of housebreak
1895-1900; house + break Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for housebreaking
Historical Examples
  • housebreaking is a very different business from the forcible entry of country post-offices, and The Hopper was nervous.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
  • "housebreaking is entirely out of my province," Tranter objected.

    The Crooked House Brandon Fleming
  • Then it occurred to me that—aside from my one experience in housebreaking—that I'd been playing according to the rules.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • If I don't see you after we've bagged him I'd better charge him with housebreaking, I suppose?

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • The seal-hunter, from a presumed acquaintance with housebreaking, is listened to with attention.

  • He cannot enter, of course, or we could arrest him on a charge of housebreaking!

  • I had to come to her assistance in order to discover, before the end of the day, the object of her housebreaking.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • It was probably overtime at housebreaking that had told on him.

    Dwellers in Arcady Albert Bigelow Paine
  • I knew Emmeline Strong would bring an action against him for housebreaking as likely as not.

    Chronicles of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Yes; he has just been sent to the Maryland penitentiary for housebreaking.

    Try Again Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for housebreaking


(criminal law) the act of entering a building as a trespasser for an unlawful purpose. Assimilated with burglary, 1968
Derived Forms
housebreaker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for housebreaking



1820, "to break into a house criminally;" see house (n.) + break (v.). Perhaps a back-formation from housebreaker, attested from mid-14c. Sense of "to train a domestic animal to be clean in the house" is from 1881. Related: Housebreaking; housebroken.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for housebreak

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for housebreaking

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for housebreaking