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prowler

[prou-ler] /ˈpraʊ lər/
noun
1.
a person or animal that prowls.
2.
a person who goes stealthily about with some unlawful intention, as to commit a burglary or theft.
Origin of prowler
1510-1520
First recorded in 1510-20; prowl + -er1
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  • Every prowler in the dark is, consciously or unconsciously, a mystic.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • They knew that some hungry night prowler would then take care of it for them.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • A thump, followed by a muttered curse, betrayed the identity of the prowler.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • The prowler had stubbed his stockinged toe against a chair leg.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • If there was one prowler around there might be a dozen or a score.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • For Unk Wunk has a weapon that no prowler of the woods ever calculates upon.

    Wood Folk at School William J. Long
  • That night a child was born to Julia, on a pallet of dried grass and prowler skins.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • He carried the pups back past the prowler and looked down at it in passing.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The savage cry of a prowler came, like a sound to match, and the attack was on.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • "We made it to the drive room—two of us and one prowler," Charley answered.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
Word Origin and History for prowler
n.

1510s, proller, agent noun from prowl (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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