from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To burglarize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to commit burglary.
  • v. To take the ball legally from an opposing player.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. to commit a burglary; to enter and rob a dwelling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To commit burglary.

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

  • v. commit a burglary; enter and rob a dwelling


Back-formation from burglar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(1872) back-formation from burglar. (Wiktionary)



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  • This word is so f-in' cute that I think I would be in big trouble if I lived in England. "Help! I'm being burgled!" I couldn't say it with a straight face. See also the wonderful buttle.

    July 8, 2008

  • I prefer that someone wears blurple when they burgle.

    June 10, 2008

  • "They Came to Burgle Carnegie Hall" was a great film.

    January 15, 2007