a person or animal that prowls.
a person who goes stealthily about with some unlawful intention, as to commit a burglary or theft.

1510–20; prowl + -er1 Unabridged
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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
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]

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Computing Dictionary

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.

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