noun van·dal \ˈvan-dəl\

: a person who deliberately destroys or damages property : a person who vandalizes something

Full Definition of VANDAL

capitalized :  a member of a Germanic people who lived in the area south of the Baltic Sea between the Vistula and the Oder rivers, overran Gaul, Spain, and northern Africa in the fourth and fifth centuries a.d. , and in 455 sacked Rome
:  one who willfully or ignorantly destroys, damages, or defaces property belonging to another or to the public
vandal adjective often capitalized
Van·dal·ic \van-ˈda-lik\ adjective

Examples of VANDAL

  1. Vandals defaced the school's walls.
  2. <a group of vandals broke into the school and painted graffiti on the walls>

Origin of VANDAL

Latin Vandalii (plural), of Germanic origin
First Known Use: 1530

Rhymes with VANDAL


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