2. Noun. (context: historical slang) A type of thief who used a ‘curb’ or hooked pole to steal things through open windows. ¹
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Definition of Curber
1. one that curbs [n -S] - See also: curbs
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Curber
Literary usage of Curber
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Anecdotes of Literature and Scarce Books by William Beloe (1814)
"But first must the curber play his prize, and that is with an iron about nine feet in length, ... Whatsoever the curber with his angle fishes for and takes, ..."
2. Abstracts of Wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury at Somerset House by James Henry Lea (1904)
"Alee Kingson; Johan Downe of Plymouth; John curber, son of George ... deed.; Anne curber of Plymouth, hou. wh. she dwells; ..."
3. The Tyro's Dictionary, Latin and English: Comprehending the More Usual by John Mair, David Phineas Adams (1809)
"Oppressor, oris. m. a crusher, an oppressor, a curber. ... oris. m. a restrainer, a curber. Suppressio, onis. f. a suppressing, a keeping back. ..."