- a person who commits burglary.
Origin of burglar
Related Words for burglarcrook, thief, robber, prowler, pilferer, owl, housebreaker, safecracker, filcher, picklock
Examples from the Web for burglar
Contemporary Examples of burglar
The night Tre arrives, Furious—a Vietnam vet—shoots at a burglar.The 13 Coolest Movie Dads: ‘Taken,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Die Hard,’ and More
June 15, 2014
He was caught after setting off burglar alarms in the palace.Security Farce At Palace As Prince Andrew Stopped By Police After Break-In
September 9, 2013
It is the burglar who bears the culpability for walking through an unlocked door, not the homeowner.How Social Scientists, and the Rest of Us, Got Seduced By a Good Story
April 30, 2013
Police have denied earlier reports that Pistorius mistook his girlfriend for a burglar.Blade Runner’s Beauty Queen: Who Was Reeva Steenkamp?
February 14, 2013
The burglar was a career criminal, just out of prison after robbing a liquor store with a sawed-off shotgun.One Redneck’s Gun Stand
February 13, 2013
Historical Examples of burglar
But I'm not taking any stock in that burglar story—not a little bit!Within the Law
John clasped it, and bolted out of the bank as a burglar might have done.A Woman Intervenes
“Just do the opposite from what it says to do to catch a burglar,” said Billy Getz.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
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The dog is, of course, one of the conditions to be provided for in the burglar's plan.
"Some day the police'll take you for a burglar," said Lydia encouragingly.
- a person who commits burglary; housebreaker
Word Origin for burglar
1540s, shortened from Anglo-Latin burglator (late 13c.), earlier burgator, from Medieval Latin burgator "burglar," from burgare "to break open, commit burglary," from Latin burgus "fortress, castle," a Germanic loan-word akin to borough. The intrusive -l- is perhaps from influence of Latin latro "thief" (see larceny). The native word, Old English burgh-breche, might have influenced the word.