Definition of burglar in English:



  • A person who commits burglary.

    • ‘Don't lump them in with the drug dealers and burglars deliberately cheating the state.’
    • ‘Please be warned that a group or groups of burglars and thieves are in the area.’
    • ‘Police are to target crime hotspots in the Keighley division to purge the streets of robbers and burglars.’
    • ‘A pioneering scheme to gate off alleys to burglars and thieves could be on its way to parts of central York.’
    • ‘If you think you have the right to assault a burglar, the burglar himself has a right of self-defence!’
    • ‘Robbers, burglars and drugs dealers will be first to fall under the spotlight, they said.’
    • ‘Many burglars commit dozens, or even hundreds, of crimes before they're caught.’
    • ‘The crime spree has led victims from across the town to lose thousands of pounds in cash after being conned by burglars.’
    • ‘Luckily they woke up when the window shattered, so the burglars got away empty handed.’
    • ‘He said she refused to accept her son had killed his wife and still believed the couple had been murdered by burglars.’
    • ‘It is like making someone who has had their house burgled pay to keep the burglar in jail!’
    • ‘Two policemen, chasing a burglar on foot, left their car open and his accomplice stole it.’
    • ‘The police time now dedicated to the drug trade would be freed up to catch burglars, rapists and murderers.’
    • ‘Going soft on burglars and car thieves, she added, was a slap in the face for their victims.’
    • ‘On last night's Question Time a girl said that all burglars and petty criminals should be shot.’
    • ‘Instead he neglected his duty and the burglars got away with those crimes.’
    • ‘But to the victim of burglary the motivation of the burglar may well be of secondary interest.’
    • ‘It was the second time in three months that a member of the public had foiled the habitual burglar's crimes.’
    • ‘Well, the two burglars got away with the jewels but not without a fight.’
    • ‘Security footage of young burglars raiding a Cotswold church is being examined by police.’
    housebreaker, robber, cat burglar, raider, looter, pilferer, picklock, thief, sneak thief, safe-breaker, safe-blower, safe-cracker
    intruder, trespasser
    filcher, cracksman
    second-story man, second-story worker, yegg
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Mid 16th century: from legal French burgler or Anglo-Latin burgulator, burglator; related to Old French burgier pillage.