crow·​bar ˈkrō-ˌbär How to pronounce crowbar (audio)
: an iron or steel bar that is usually wedge-shaped at the working end for use as a pry or lever
crowbar transitive verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Transit Police on Thursday arrested two men and a teenage girl for allegedly committing a string of violent robberies with a crowbar at multiple subway stations, authorities said. Travis Andersen,, 13 Jan. 2023 Though Bundy wielded a crowbar and brandished a gun, DaRonch fought back. Adam Carlson, Peoplemag, 18 Dec. 2022 Rosendo Sandoval Quezada, 44, was shot in the stomach on June 19, 2020, after charging an Escondido officer with a 3-foot crowbar. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2022 Olson — disheveled, incoherent and holding the crowbar — quickly approached that officer, Chad Moore. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 Another man wearing a white shirt and red hat then enters the frame and starts using a crowbar to take apart the insides of the machine. Greg Norman, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2021 They were armed with a sledgehammer and a crowbar and showed the doorman pictures of Mousavi and Ronaghi. Babak Dehghanpisheh, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2022 Although police initially alleged a crowbar was used in the attack, Ceballos said Tuesday that was not true. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2022 Across the street, the wave from the explosion had warped the heavy steel doors of a municipal court building, and firefighters had to use a special saw and a crowbar to free a security guard trapped inside. Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crowbar was in 1748

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Cite this Entry

“Crowbar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


crow·​bar ˈkrō-ˌbär How to pronounce crowbar (audio)
: a metal bar used as a lever or pry

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