Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person who lurks about the areas of dwelling-houses for the purpose of stealing; a sneak-thief.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • In all ages the moll, the prostitute, the heroine of so many old-world romances, has been the protectress, companion, and comfort of the sharper, the thief, the pickpocket, the area-sneak, and the burglar.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • It has already been removed by some area-sneak, and as I have got rid of the old brick dust-bin, the Vestry threaten to prosecute me for creating a nuisance, because my dust is now placed in a corner under my front steps.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, July 23, 1892

  • Why should I not present the precise and careful Laura with a handful of her own spoons and forks, left so conveniently at the service of any area-sneak who might chance to pass by?

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 461 Volume 18, New Series, October 30, 1852

  • In all ages the moll, the prostitute, the heroine of so many old-world romances, has been the protectress, companion, and comfort of the sharper, the thief, the pickpocket, the area-sneak, and the burglar.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • "I means a area-sneak, sir, as vorks werry early in the morning.

    The Amateur Gentleman

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.