Adjective. Mid-18th century.
Of or pertaining to burglary; like a burglar.
Burglar and burglary are funny words, laundered into English from the French burglar and the Anglo-Latin burgulator from a root that means 'to pillage'. Its little-known and little-used English adjective burglarious, however, deserves parole from its incarceration in obscurity, and must be given a second chance in the wider vocabulary. Therefore, I implore one and all to gainfully employ burglarious in such constructions as 'burglarious intent', 'burglarious attire' (see illustration), and the comedic 'burglarious walk' (you know the one). Also, as burglars are not, by nature, the sharpest picks in the set, perhaps one can appropriate burglarious to describe the hilarious criminal ineptitude so often caught on security cameras. Oh the burglarity ...
Are you a burglar?
Do you have any tales of burglarious misdeeds?
Do please misappropriate your most beburgled comments in the strong-box below.