night·​walk·​er | \ ˈnīt-ˌwȯ-kər How to pronounce nightwalker (audio) \

Definition of nightwalker

1 : a person who roams about at night especially with criminal intent

Examples of nightwalker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sulca joined the local ronda—night patrols formed by peasants to protect their communities from the Shining Path—whom Quechua speakers call tuta puriqkuna, nightwalkers, a term also used to describe Spaniards during colonial times. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, 24 June 2019 Eliot Schrefer’s new Lost Rainforest series casts sunset as nature’s own Mason-Dixon line, dividing animal kind into daywalkers and nightwalkers — two factions with a xenophobic fear of one another. Christopher Healy, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2018 Because the one thing nightwalkers and daywalkers agree on is that shadowwalkers are an abomination of nature. Christopher Healy, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of nightwalker

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nightwalker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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night·​walk·​er | \ ˈnīt-ˌwȯ-kər How to pronounce nightwalker (audio) \

Legal Definition of nightwalker

: a person who roams about at night soliciting others for illicit sexual acts often preceded by common

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