curber

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From curb +‎ -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkəːbə/
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Noun[edit]

curber (plural curbers)

  1. Someone or something which curbs.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 282:
      they required him as a safeguard against the demon and a curber of other people's crimes.
  2. (historical slang) A type of thief who used a ‘curb’ or hooked pole to steal things through open windows.
    • 1977, Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld, Folio Society 2006, p. 33:
      Night was the natural time for the curber’s activities and striking up an acquaitance with a serving maid was an invaluable way of getting a window left open or learning the exact layout of the rooms in the house.