prowler

[prou-ler]
noun
1.
a person or animal that prowls.
2.
a person who goes stealthily about with some unlawful intention, as to commit a burglary or theft.

Origin:
1510–20; prowl + -er1

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prowl (praʊl)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by around or about)
1.  to move stealthily around (a place) as if in search of prey or plunder
 
n
2.  the act of prowling
3.  on the prowl
 a.  moving around stealthily
 b.  zealously pursuing members of the opposite sex
 
[C14 prollen, of unknown origin]
 
'prowler
 
n

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prowler definition


(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.
(1995-02-14)

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Example sentences
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.
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