verb; back formation
to steal things from a store while using weapons such as a gun
This term can be used in place of longer phrases to describe a robbery and to further qualify it has having been done with a weapon or arm. It is likely a back formation of armed robbery based on the connection between rob and robbery. It could also be a case of compounding with an adjective-verb compound.
Etymology : from armed ‘to have a weapon’ (from Latin armare ‘to arm’) and rob ‘to steal’ (from PIE *reup- *reub- ‘to snatch’)
Source : (September): “The store back home was armed-robbed.” (My mother)
Last modified: 30 November 2017