from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who walks in his sleep; a somnambulist.
  • n. One who roves about in the night for evil purposes; a nocturnal vagrant.
  • n. A prostitute who walks the streets at night.


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  • Cheta, all thy labour is meerely lost, because heere is no entrance allowed for thee; therefore return to the place from whence thou camest, that all thy friends may Judge of thy behaviour, and know what a night-walker thou art become.

    The Decameron

  • The night-walker moved on steadily, as if sure of his purpose; yet Conan wondered that he seemed to be heading for the blank end of the vast, vaulted storeroom.

    Conan The Warlord

  • A woman convicted of being a common night-walker was committed to prison -- probably the Tun, on Cornhill -- and thence she was led to Aldgate with a hood of rayed cloth on her head and a white wand in her hand.

    The Customs of Old England

  • This institution was not popular with all; and Dekker, satirically expressing the feeling of the malcontents, defined the bell as "the child of darkness, a common night-walker, a man that had no man to wait upon him, but only a dog; one that was a disordered person, and at midnight would beat at men's doors, bidding them (in mere mockery) to look to their candles, when they themselves were in their dead sleeps."

    The Customs of Old England

  • All Christine could be certain of and thankful for was that it was not her door and her passage that had swallowed up the mysterious night-walker.

    Blue Aloes Stories of South Africa

  • I am but a bad schoolmaster; I cannot bear to look on people making awkward trials; when I see a person wandering from his path, I feel constrained to call to him, although it were a night-walker going straight to break his neck.

    Chapter V. Book VIII

  • They were generally useful only to a race, such as the negroes, which had an instinct for direction like that shown by some animals but the boys learned to follow them unerringly, and soon became as skilful in "keepin 'de parf" as any night-walker on the plantation.

    Two Little Confederates

  • Was this mysterious night-walker a traitor posted there to aid the British to their object?

    Philip Winwood A Sketch of the Domestic History of an American Captain in the War of Independence; Embracing Events that Occurred between and during the Years 1763 and 1786, in New York and London: written by His Enemy in War, Herbert Russell, Lieutenant in the Loyalist Forces.

  • Thereafter Zarathustra again went on for two hours, trusting to the path and the light of the stars: for he was an experienced night-walker, and liked to look into the face of all that slept.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

  • We had seen the marks and work of these animals about the shanty, and had been careful each night to hang our traps, guns, etc., beyond their reach, but of the prickly night-walker himself we feared we should not get a view.

    In the Catskills Selections from the Writings of John Burroughs


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