prowler

noun
prowl·​er | \ ˈprau̇-lər How to pronounce prowler (audio) \
plural prowlers

Definition of prowler

: a person or animal that prowls Within a few million years of this major turning point in Earth history, the seas were swarming with myriad forms of life, swimmers, prowlers, sedentary beasts, and burrowers.— Roger Lewin especially : a person who moves through an area or place in a quiet and stealthy way in order to commit a crime There were reports of a prowler in the neighborhood. He felt uneasy being out there by himself. No one ever walked in Linden Hills, and he didn't want to be mistaken for a prowler. — Gloria Naylor … she kills him with a shotgun, claiming that in the dark she mistook him for a prowler. — Lawrence Eisenberg

First Known Use of prowler

1519, in the meaning defined above

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“Prowler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prowler. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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prowler

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How to pronounce prowler (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of prowler

: a person who moves through an area in a quiet way in order to commit a crime
: an animal that moves through an area while hunting or searching for food

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