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/ ˈrɒb ər /
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a person who robs.
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Origin of robber

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English robbere, from Old French robere.See rob, -er1

synonym study for robber

See thief.


robber , thief (see synonym study at thief)
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What does robber mean?

A robber is a person who robs—steals, especially by force or through threats of violence.

In other words, a robber is someone who commits robbery.

A robber can rob a person or a place, such as a house or business. A robber who robs a person on the street is often called a mugger. A person who robs a bank is called a bank robber and the act of doing this is called bank robbery. An armed robber is a person who commits armed robbery, which involves robbing a person or place while armed with a weapon.

A robber is a kind of thief, which is a person who steals things. However, the word thief usually refers to a person who steals without anyone noticing, at least not when the theft is taking place. In contrast, a person who steals by using force, violence, or threats of force or violence would more likely be called a robber.

The word rob can also be used in a kind of figurative way meaning to unfairly deprive someone of something, but robber is only used to refer to someone who robs in the literal sense.

Example: Police have released sketches of the suspects in the hopes that someone can identify the bank robbers.

Where does robber come from?

The first records of the word robber come from the 1100s. It comes from the Old French robere.

The word robber is perhaps most commonly used in the term bank robber. That’s probably because money is the most popular thing to steal, and the bank is where the money is.

The word robber appears in the term robber baron, which was a label applied to the powerful industrialists in the U.S. in the late 1800s and early 1900s who amassed huge fortunes by exploiting workers and natural resources while relying on corruption and other unethical means to stay powerful (the term is still relevant).

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How is robber used in real life?

You’re most likely to encounter the word robber in news reports about robberies.



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The movie is about a gang of robbers who terrorize a small town.

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