[bur-guh l]

verb (used with or without object), bur·gled, bur·gling.

Origin of burgle

First recorded in 1870–75; back formation from burglar
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Historical Examples of burgle

  • 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?

  • 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?

British Dictionary definitions for burgle



to commit burglary upon (a house, etc)
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Word Origin and History for burgle

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

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