robber


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rob

 (rŏb)
v. robbed, rob·bing, robs
v.tr.
1.
a. Law To take property from (a person) illegally by using or threatening to use violence or force; commit robbery upon.
b. To steal something from (a place, vehicle, or institution, for example): Bandits robbed the train.
c. To steal (money or valuables): robbed money out of the till.
2.
a. To deprive unjustly of something belonging to, desired by, or legally due (someone): robbed her of her professional standing.
b. To deprive of something injuriously: a parasite that robs a tree of its sap.
v.intr.
To engage in or commit robbery.
Idioms:
rob Peter to pay Paul
To incur a debt in order to pay off another debt.
rob (someone) blind
To rob in an unusually deceitful or thorough way: robbed the old couple blind while employed as a companion.
rob the cradle Informal
To have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone significantly younger than oneself.

[Middle English robben, from Old French rober, of Germanic origin; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

rob′ber n.

rob•ber

(ˈrɒb ər)

n.
a person who robs.
[1125–75; Middle English robbere < Old French robere. See rob, -er1]
syn: See thief.

thief

robberburglar

Anyone that steals can be called a thief. A robber often uses violence or the threat of violence to steal things from places such as banks or shops.

They caught the armed robber who raided a supermarket.

A burglar breaks into houses or other buildings and steals things.

The average burglar spends just two minutes inside your house.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.robber - a thief who steals from someone by threatening violencerobber - a thief who steals from someone by threatening violence
bank robber - a robber of banks
mugger - a robber who takes property by threatening or performing violence on the person who is robbed (usually on the street)
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it

robber

noun thief, raider, burglar, looter, stealer, fraud, cheat, pirate, bandit, plunderer, mugger (informal), highwayman, con man (informal), fraudster, swindler, brigand, grifter (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), footpad (archaic) Armed robbers broke into a jewellers.
Related words
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robber

noun
Translations
سَارِقلِص، سارِق، نَهّاب
разбойник
lupičzloděj
røver
ryöstäjäryöväri
pljačkaš
rabló
ræningi
強盗
강도
lupič
ropar
rånare
โจร
kẻ cướp

robber

[ˈrɒbəʳ]
A. Nladrón/ona m/f; (= bankrobber) → atracador(a) m/f; (= highwayman) → salteador m (de caminos); (= brigand) → bandido m
B. CPD robber baron N (pej) → magnate mf desaprensivo/a

robber

[ˈrɒbər] nbandit m, voleur m

robber

nRäuber(in) m(f)

robber

[ˈrɒbəʳ] nladro/a; (armed) → rapinatore/trice

rob

(rob) past tense, past participle robbed verb
1. to steal from (a person, place etc). He robbed a bank / an old lady; I've been robbed!
2. (with of) to take (something) away from; to deprive of. An accident robbed him of his sight at the age of 21.
ˈrobber noun
The bank robbers got away with nearly $50,000.
ˈrobberyplural ˈrobberies noun
the act of robbing. Robbery is a serious crime; He was charged with four robberies.

to rob a bank or a person; to steal a watch, pencil, money etc.

robber

سَارِق zloděj røver Räuber κλέφτης atracador ryöstäjä voleur pljačkaš rapinatore 強盗 강도 overvaller raner rabuś ladrão грабитель rånare โจร soyguncu kẻ cướp 强盗
References in classic literature ?
All its life it had been asleep, but now it hardly got a chance for a nod, so swiftly did big events and crashing surprises come along in one another's wake: Friday morning, first glimpse of Real Nobility, also grand reception at Aunt Patsy Cooper's, also great robber raid; Friday evening, dramatic kicking of the heir of the chief citizen in presence of four hundred people; Saturday morning, emergence as practicing lawyer of the long-submerged Pudd'nhead Wilson; Saturday night, duel between chief citizen and titled stranger.
All along I've been wanting to be a robber, but I knew I'd got to have a thing like this, and where to run across it was the bother.
I always felt worse for having received any thing; for I feared that the giving me a few cents would ease his conscience, and make him feel himself to be a pretty honorable sort of robber.
In those days, travellers were very shy of being confidential on a short notice, for anybody on the road might be a robber or in league with robbers.
I know that, but for the mercy of God, I might easily have been, for any care that was taken of me, a little robber or a little vagabond.
Then, Drummle glanced at me, with an insolent triumph on his great-jowled face that cut me to the heart, dull as he was, and so exasperated me, that I felt inclined to take him in my arms (as the robber in the story-book is said to have taken the old lady), and seat him on the fire.
He shrank from this vaguer dread, and fixed his mind with struggling effort on the robber with hands, who could be reached by hands.
Whose good lance,'' replied the robber, ``won the prize in to-day's tourney?
He was to be a nice sheep-farmer, and one evening, as he was riding home, he was to see the beautiful heiress being carried off by a robber on a black horse, and give chase, and rescue her.
When his father had gone, a robber passed by and saw the horse grazing without any one watching it, for of course he could not see the Hazel-nut child hidden in the grass.
That is impossible," said Don Quixote: "I say it is impossible that there could be a knight-errant without a lady, because to such it is as natural and proper to be in love as to the heavens to have stars: most certainly no history has been seen in which there is to be found a knight-errant without an amour, and for the simple reason that without one he would be held no legitimate knight but a bastard, and one who had gained entrance into the stronghold of the said knighthood, not by the door, but over the wall like a thief and a robber.
None," replied Sir Guy, "for I am convinced that forces of men can never come at the bold robber.