noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1903 safecracker; also robber

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  • yegg — (n.) thief, burglar, especially safecracker, 1903, underworld slang, of unknown origin, said to be from John Yegg, a Swedish tramp, or from Ger. Jäger huntsman …   Etymology dictionary

  • yegg — yegg; yegg·man; …   English syllables

  • yegg — ☆ yegg [yegmən] n. pl. yeggmen [yegmənyeg ] n. [< ?] [Old Slang] a criminal; esp., a safecracker or burglar: also yeggman [yegmən] n. yeggmen [yegmən] …   English World dictionary

  • yegg — [jeg] 1. n. a tramp, thief, or safe cracker. (Underworld.) □ The cops hauled in the usual yeggs, but they all had alibis. □ See if you can find that yegg we worked with on the bank job. He’ll do. 2. n. an obnoxious male. □ Don’t act like such a… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • yegg — n Safe cracker, a crook. Marvin hired some yegg to do his dirty work for him. 1900s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • yegg — /yeg/, n. Slang. 1. a safecracker. 2. an itinerant burglar. 3. a thug. [1925 30, Amer.; of obscure orig.; the proposals that the word is < G Jäger hunter or that it is the surname of a well known safecracker are both very dubious] * * * …   Universalium

  • yegg — noun a person who breaks open safes, a burglar. Usages Syn: safecracker, yeggman …   Wiktionary

  • yegg — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. felon, outlaw, safecracker; see criminal , robber …   English dictionary for students

  • yegg — jeg(mÉ™n) n. criminal; burglar; safecracker …   English contemporary dictionary

  • yegg — noun N. Amer. informal a burglar or safe breaker. Origin early 20th cent.: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

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