- a person or animal that prowls.
- a person who goes stealthily about with some unlawful intention, as to commit a burglary or theft.
Origin of prowler
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Examples from the Web for prowler
Every prowler in the dark is, consciously or unconsciously, a mystic.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
They knew that some hungry night prowler would then take care of it for them.The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
A thump, followed by a muttered curse, betrayed the identity of the prowler.
The prowler had stubbed his stockinged toe against a chair leg.
If there was one prowler around there might be a dozen or a score.Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay
G. Harvey Ralphson
Word Origin and History for prowler
1510s, proller, agent noun from prowl (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper