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

Examples of prowler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a Springfield, Illinois, residence at about 12:50 a.m. to investigate a prowler, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office obtained by ABC News. Tesfaye Negussie, ABC News, 12 July 2024 In a three-day span last year, police responded to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon, a prowler, a burglary and a disturbance. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 The post came less than two weeks after TCU police warned of a nighttime prowler or prowlers in neighborhoods south of campus. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Feb. 2024 Investigators asked anyone with information about the prowler to call Eastern Division at (858) 495-7900 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for prowler 

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Word History

First Known Use

1519, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prowler was in 1519

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“Prowler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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