- a person who breaks into and enters a house with a felonious intent.
- a worker or wrecking company that demolishes houses and buildings, as to make room for new construction.
- a person who buys doors, paneled walls, etc., from standing houses, to sell as antiques; a person who dismantles a house of its valuable parts before it is torn down.
Origin of housebreaker
Related Words for housebreakerraider, burglar, looter, pickpocket, thief, bandit, crook, swindler, thug, marauder, pirate, mugger, shoplifter, rustler, sniper, criminal, robber, pilferer, lurker, housebreaker
Examples from the Web for housebreaker
Historical Examples of housebreaker
I feel enough like a sneakin' ragamuffin and housebreaker as 'tis.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
I—I—I did n't mean that; I did n't say you were a housebreaker.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
I do declare I felt azactly like a housebreaker;—and no soul to notice what you carries.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
First and foremost, Fagey, said the housebreaker, hows Bill?Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)
They'll take you up for a housebreaker, if you're not quiet.