• WordNet 3.6
    • n burglar a thief who enters a building with intent to steal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Out of the 34,000 gun deaths in the U.S. each year, fewer than 300 are listed as "justifiable homicide," the only category that could include shooting a burglar, mugger, or rapist.
    • n Burglar (Law) One guilty of the crime of burglary.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Your home is ten times more likely to have a fire than be burglarized
    • n burglar A felonious housebreaker; especially, one who commits robbery by breaking into a house in the night. See burglary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Burglar burg′lar one who breaks into a house by night to steal
    • v.t., v.i Burglar to commit burglary
    • v.t Burglar and v.i. to commit burglary
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  • Elias Canetti
    “The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.”
  • O. Henry Porter
    O. Henry Porter
    “A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.”
  • Rita Coolidge
    Rita Coolidge
    “Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.”


Cat burglar - A cat burglar is a skillful thief who breaks into places without disturbing people or setting off alarms.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. burg, town, F. bourg, fr. LL. burgus,of German origin) + OF. lere, thief, fr. L. latro,. See Borough, and Larceny


In literature:

Surely Phoebe had said nothing about a burglar!
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
I shall now leave the house, and at about midnight you may expect me, accompanied by the burglars.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
I always hoped you wouldn't be a burglar.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
And he was a little nervous himself now about that burglar.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
But in these days what is it that a burglar can carry away from an ordinary house?
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
Do you think that I am a burglar in her eyes, a rogue, a cheat?...
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
Except for the risk of the burglar, the jail was preferable by far.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
We have no locks yet invented which will keep out a real, professional burglar if he has reason to suppose there are valuables inside.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
I'm tired of being Cleek, the thief; Cleek, the burglar.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
If burglars broke in, there was nothing of value for them to take, he added.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Now one night I caught a cat-burglar
And how do I know he was that?
Why, he must have been a cat-burglar
'Cos I caught him pinching the cat.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
I said, "I believe you're a burglar."
He said, "Certainly, yes, I know."
And he made me give him nine cigarette pictures
Before he'd let me go.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
Besides, when I spoke he spat at me
He was wearing cat-burglar mittens
Had pads on his feet - he smelt of cats' meat
And all he was short of was kittens.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
This is the fact, as sure as fate,
For Burglar Bill, and his midnight mate,
That frightened until it converted him,
To join the "Salvation Army" with Jim.
"The Nabob's Double" by Gerald Massey
Jim rushed at the old man with his knife,
And drove it right through—an empty chair,
Instead of the figure sitting there.
For the Nabob vanished, dog and all,—
And the burglars vanished without their haul.
"The Nabob's Double" by Gerald Massey
"My pants," cried I, "unguarded lie
Beside my peaceful couch -
My second-best pair, with the stripes,
Red gold within their pouch!
Thieves! Murder! Burglars! FIRE!" cried I.
Sighed he, "Oh, spires against the sky!"
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis

In news:

Things didn't go quite as planned for a burglar who tried to pull off a pizza shop heist.
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A would be burglar is caught on tape trying to break into a pharmacy in north Texas.
A burglar stole thousands of dollars worth of diamond jewelry from a DeKalb Avenue apartment on Oct 12.
East Haven Police Commissioner Says He Foiled Burglar.
Police commissioner says he foiled burglar.
There's a report that shots were fired at the home of a Milwaukee police detective , after the officer found a burglar inside.
Burglars carrying Pomeranian dog sweep Bellevue.
If he were a painter of criminals -- of twice-convicted burglars or petty thieves -- one could understand his subjects' dead, reptilian eyes.
Haldeman and Nixon discuss the progress of the FBI's investigation especially the tracing of the source of money found on the burglars.
The two prowlers in Jim O'Sullivan's yard could have been burglars, but they weren't interested in stealing what was in his house, he soon discovered.
Nancy Penvose and Once Upon A Puppet perform the show, featuring Jingles the elf and his friend Squeak the Christmas Mouse as they search for toys stolen by Burglar Bill.
Burglars forced open the front door of a Muhlenberg Township gun shop early Sunday, smashed display cases and stole a large number of firearms, police said.
Burglars stole a computer and flatscreen TV from the home of a soldier who is deployed overseas, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's report.
An 87-year-old man says he is heartbroken after burglars trashed and ransacked his family's Stone Mountain home.
Floyd Thompson says he is heartbroken after burglars trashed and ransacked his family's Stone Mountain home.

In science:

What is more, this kind of encounter would - in its literal sense - hardly be imaginable as both agents would rather prefer not to participate in this game of a burglar economy - at least if they possess a minimum degree of risk aversion.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review
It, therefore, appears that one might wish to reformulate the “burglar economies” in a way that brings elements of voluntary economic exchange processes into play.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review