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[prou-ler] /ˈpraʊ lər/
a person or animal that prowls.
a person who goes stealthily about with some unlawful intention, as to commit a burglary or theft.
Origin of prowler
1510-20; prowl + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for prowler
  • He strutted with the air of a prince and a prowler, the pride in his own beauty offset by a knowing humor.
  • The night prowler is also more exposed to injury and infectious disease.
  • Treat was called out to investigate a prowler report when he accidently stepped in a hole and injured his back.
Word Origin and History for prowler

1510s, proller, agent noun from prowl (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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prowler in Technology

(Unix) A daemon that is run periodically (typically once a week) to seek out and erase core files, truncate administrative logfiles, nuke "lost+found" directories, and otherwise clean up the cruft that tends to pile up in the corners of a file system.
See also GFR, reaper, skulker.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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