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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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  • Pretending not to see the prowler, she went on stirring the soap and chatting with the children.

    Revolutionary Reader Sophie Lee Foster
  • And like magic the prowler—whoever he was—vanished into the night.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • There were other clumps of bushes near, and the prowler might easily have hidden.

  • My prowler, I understood, had struck a match and was reading the name on the stern.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • It held and he stood on the ledge, safe, as the prowler flashed up the talus below.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Every prowler in the dark is, consciously or unconsciously, a mystic.

    The Web of the Golden Spider Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • He motioned to the prowler to precede him and, hesitating a moment, it did so.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • They knew that some hungry night prowler would then take care of it for them.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The teachers and students were grateful to the four boys whose persistence had finally caught the prowler.

  • If there was one prowler around there might be a dozen or a score.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
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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