a person who deliberately destroys or damages public property See related entries: Criminals Word Originfrom Latin Vandalus, of Germanic origin. The current sense dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples Car vandals caused more than £10 000 worth of damage to vehicles last Saturday. Her statue has been targeted by vandals. The pool had to close after vandals went on a £10 000 wrecking spree. The station is plagued by vandals. The vandals struck at about 7.30 p.m. yesterday. The vandals throw stones at the building. The windows are covered with grilles to deter vandals. This is the latest in a spate of vandal attacks on fire crews. Vandals broke into the factory and set fire to a cabin. young graffiti vandals who blight the city with their scrawls The glass has been specially treated to stop vandals from smashing it.