|—vb (when intr, |
|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]|
prowlern. [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.