[ kraks-muhn ]
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noun,plural cracks·men.Slang.
  1. burglar; housebreaker.

Origin of cracksman

First recorded in 1805–15; crack + -s3 + man

Words Nearby cracksman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cracksman in a sentence

  • The skill and daring of the cracksman makes him a marked man.

    American Sketches | Charles Whibley
  • Martin Thimblethorpe, then, was the solitary cracksman, and your real name is Dobbs?

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • But the cracksman must have fallen out with his own likeness as Iago, for his thumb-nail was clean as a whistle.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • His head was drawn down through the bars and he nuzzled a soft substance on the cracksman's breast.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • The turnkey hanging helpless into the cracksman's cell, his body outlined against the lantern, caused him to start back.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

British Dictionary definitions for cracksman


/ (ˈkræksmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. slang a burglar, esp a safe-breaker

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