a person who breaks open safes to rob them.

Nearby words

  1. safe-breaker,
  2. safe-conduct,
  3. safe-deposit,
  4. safe-deposit box,
  5. safe-keeping,
  6. safeguard,
  7. safekeeping,
  8. safelight,
  9. safely,
  10. safety

Origin of safecracker

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; safe + cracker

Related formssafe·crack·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for safecracker



also safe-cracker, 1897, from safe (n.) + agent noun from crack (v.). Originally in reference to thieves who used dynamite.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper