burglarious

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

burglar +‎ -ious

Adjective[edit]

burglarious ‎(comparative more burglarious, superlative most burglarious)

  1. Being or resembling a burglar
    • 1865, Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend[1]:
      At nine o'clock on such a morning, the place of business of Pubsey and Co. was not the liveliest object even in Saint Mary Axe--which is not a very lively spot--with a sobbing gaslight in the counting-house window, and a burglarious stream of fog creeping in to strangle it through the keyhole of the main door.
    • 1872, Horatio Alger, Slow and Sure[2]:
      He felt what a great advantage it was to be forewarned of the impending danger, since being forewarned was forearmed, as with the help of the police he could prepare for his burglarious visitors.
    • 1899, William Archer, America To-day, Observations and Reflections[3]:
      One evening I was sitting at dinner in a fashionable street in New York, close to Central Park, when I was startled by a distinctly burglarious noise at the window.
    • 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit:
      Of the various burglarious proceedings he had heard of picking the trolls’ pockets seemed the least difficult, so at last he crept behind a tree just behind William.

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