from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to burglary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to, committing, or constituting burglary: as, burglarious intentions; a burglarious gang; burglarious entry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to burglary; constituting the crime of burglary.

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  • adjective Being or resembling a burglar

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

  • adjective involving or resembling burglary


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burglar +‎ -ious


  • Harvey Leemore, 34, of the 1600 block of Evergreen Way in Essex County, was charged with attempted burglary, attempted grand larceny and possession of burglarious tools.

    Burglar in ski mask caught in the act

  • A little while afterwards, he broke out in an entirely new direction, and confessed to a knowledge of burglarious intentions as to our premises, on the part of the pot – boy, who was immediately taken up.

    David Copperfield

  • “Possession of burglarious tools” is the the charge — at least here in Mass — if they catch you before you actually break in.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Burglariously:

  • In addition to Gilbert as Anderson notes, “burglarious” appears in Thackeray and Dickens.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Burglariously:

  • The oldest source I could find for “burglarious” is an index to a legal handbook published in 1749.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Burglariously:

  • Not only is it a word, but the related “burglarious” has the Sir William Blackstone seal of approval.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Burglariously:

  • SAMUEL is laden with burglarious tools and pistols, etc.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Burglariously:

  • Specifically, it is illegal to possess burglarious tools.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Burglariously:

  • Mr. Arnold had begun that career which was to end so brilliantly, by the daring and burglarious capture of two forts, of which he forced the doors.

    The Virginians

  • Mrs. Poyser accepted this compromise, but thought it advisable to bar and bolt to the utmost; and now, at the last moment before starting, Nancy, the dairy-maid, was closing the shutters of the house-place, although the window, lying under the immediate observation of Alick and the dogs, might have been supposed the least likely to be selected for a burglarious attempt.

    Adam Bede


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  • How he could explain tomorrow the burglarious misdeed to the two odious witches he had no idea.

    - Conrad, The Inn of the Two Witches

    March 5, 2009

  • this was my first favorite word. I remember being pretty small, reading it somewhere, looking it up and becoming very enthused

    September 1, 2015

  • I thought my favorite burglar-related word would forever be (Sp.) ladrón, but I was wrong. That word is uproariously burglarious.

    September 1, 2015