- a safecracker.
- an itinerant burglar.
- a thug.
Origin of yegg
Examples from the Web for yegg
Historical Examples of yegg
A jeweler by trade, he fell from his high estate and went on the road as a yegg.Blacksheep! Blacksheep!
Joe caught Boston Frank's eye and forthwith pushed himself alongside the yegg.The Trail of the Tramp
A-No. 1 (AKA Leon Ray Livingston)
He duly canvassed every likely dive, every “melina,” every gambling house and yegg hang out.The Shadow
And look here: don't you get the notion in your bean I'm just some little old two-by-four guy of a yegg or some poor nut of a dip.Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man
Marie Conway Oemler
He duly canvassed every likely dive, every "melina," every gambling house and yegg hang out.Never-Fail Blake
- slang, mainly US a burglar or safe-breaker
Word Origin for yegg
"thief, burglar," especially "safecracker," 1903, underworld slang, of unknown origin, said to be from John Yegg, a Swedish tramp, or from German Jäger "huntsman."