[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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Contemporary Examples of burgled

Historical Examples of burgled

  • It used to annoy my mother—it used to make her afraid that we should be burgled.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • One thing, I shan't be burgled, with all them dogs in the house.

    Harding's luck

    E. [Edith] Nesbit

  • It was discovered that the pay offices had been burgled, and that a vast sum of money had been removed.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton

  • So we just burgled the door with crowbars, and then we saw that we might have done it a bit more easily from outside.

  • The moral to little George was plain: Don't go to church and you'll not get burgled.

British Dictionary definitions for burgled



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



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

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