Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A criminal who breaks into and enters another's house or premises with the intent of committing a crime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is guilty of the crime of housebreaking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who breaks, opens, and enters a house with felonious intent.
  • n. Same as house-wrecker.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wrecker of houses
  • n. a burglar who unlawfully breaks into and enters another person's house

Etymologies

From house +‎ breaker (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What the Express wants people to think is that the sterotypical burglar they use the archaic term 'housebreaker' who forces entry to a home and steals valuables will get a community penalty.

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  • "housebreaker" was Mr. Gates himself, who had lost the key to his front door.

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  • A long time for a getaway by a housebreaker or car thief. on April 21, 2010 at 2: 57 pm Finger Moose

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  • Swallowing hard, Beth searched the shadowy darkness for the housebreaker.

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  • Having pushed them before him through a door he had somehow managed to open in the dark, her handsome housebreaker, whose appearance on the scene was proving as miraculous as it was astounding, was now bringing up the rear.

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  • Some nodded agreement, while others gave the housebreaker the same kind of nervous looks they had been casting toward the waves.

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  • The look the blonde—Dolly—gave the housebreaker was unmistakably coquettish this time.

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  • Had it not been for the fortuitous presence of that impossibly handsome housebreaker . . .

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  • Beth could feel the frantic tug of their hands on the domino even as the housebreaker determinedly drew her on toward the water.

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  • The housebreaker made a quick, pained sound that stopped just short of a groan, and the rhythm of his rowing faltered.

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