Definition of prowler in US English:



  • A person who moves stealthily around or loiters near a place with a view to committing a crime, especially burglary.

    • ‘I regularly go out on my land at night and if I saw prowlers and they were waving what I thought was a gun at me, I would not take any risks.’
    • ‘That night they passed through the village completely unnoticed via the roofs of the houses like prowlers under the pale moonlight.’
    • ‘The Ringmaster System will enable schools to rapidly receive information from police or Neighbourhood Watch on everything from vandalism to prowlers.’
    • ‘What is more frightening is that prowlers can have the audacity to attack a home around 10: 00 hours and walk away untouched.’
    • ‘He assumed it belonged to a caretaker or some such person from the nursing home, who'd been patrolling the gardens for prowlers, had seen him sitting there and decided to investigate.’
    • ‘He hated driving prowlers, often complaining that they made traffic around him drive at exactly the speed limit.’
    • ‘Police have warned homeowners to keep their eyes open for backyard prowlers following a recent spate of thefts outside homes in Bundaberg.’
    • ‘Better uniformity of light improves home security by getting rid of dark shadows where prowlers could lurk.’
    • ‘Has anyone begun to question the prowler they found near the Princes' Sanctuary as yet?’
    • ‘Shith stubbed out his cigarette with the toe of his boot, glancing around the perimeter of the house for any prowlers or signs of danger.’
    • ‘Her husband heard of the incident and rushed home, arriving about 12: 30 A.M., upon which he said he saw a prowler at the bedroom window.’
    • ‘You would have to be sure in addition that some unknown third party - a chance intruder, a prowler, another acquaintance - did not commit the murders.’
    • ‘The prowler has tried to get through windows and doors of retirement homes in Woodcock Park and Whitfield Close in Warminster.’
    • ‘The two were apparently in bed when the prowler rousted the couple and took some cash, credit cards and then drove away with Holloway's Mercedes - Benz.’
    • ‘He slowly got up, checking both ends of the wide street for Guards or other late-night prowlers, then softly jogged to the next intersection.’
    • ‘The prowler was spotted at an upstairs window by a neighbour who immediately alerted the police, presumably to give them advance warning that he was going to ‘have a go’ himself.’
    • ‘He said: ‘At the home of Richard Clarke, in Moorland Avenue, his partner and her sons were disturbed by a prowler at about 2am.’’
    • ‘I'm now checking for prowlers two or three times a night.’
    • ‘It is most common for prowlers to enter through unsecured windows.’
    • ‘We'd take turns staying up and listening for prowlers or break-ins.’
    trespasser, interloper, invader, infiltrator, encroacher, violator
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