[ hous-brey-ker ]
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  1. a person who breaks into and enters a house with a felonious intent.

  2. British.

    • 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

1275–1325; Middle English. See house, breaker1

Other words from housebreaker

  • housebreaking, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023