yegg

[ yeg ]
/ yɛg /

noun Slang.

a safecracker.
an itinerant burglar.
a thug.

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  9. yekaterinodar,
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Origin of yegg

1925–30, Americanism; of obscure origin; the proposals that the word is < German Jäger “hunter” or that it is the surname of a well-known safecracker are both very dubious

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British Dictionary definitions for yegg

yegg

/ (jɛɡ) /

noun

slang, mainly US a burglar or safe-breaker

Word Origin for yegg

C20: perhaps from the surname of a burglar

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Word Origin and History for yegg

yegg

n.

"thief, burglar," especially "safecracker," 1903, underworld slang, of unknown origin, said to be from John Yegg, a Swedish tramp, or from German Jäger "huntsman."

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