- a person who steals, especially secretly or without open force; one guilty of theft or larceny.
Origin of thief
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Examples from the Web for thief
Dear Thief is worthy of the abused critical adjectives philosophical, atmospheric, and masterful.A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review
December 28, 2014
Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian chief, and all that.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
All a thief had to do was take off the dial knob on the safe and place the little joker on inside of it.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Cole was clearly experimenting with this, the signature curve of his storytelling, while writing Every Day Is for the Thief.
His Nigeria book, Every Day is For the Thief, was actually written in 2006, prior to Open City.
Their shame was hers: the son of her mother, the son of her father was a thief!Weighed and Wanting
"The less reason, then, for her being a thief," Gilder grumbled in his heaviest voice.Within the Law
Mortimer was either a thief or a hero; there could be no question about that.
Against all evidence she was holding this man honest, believing her brother the thief.
You're the thief—Levi West—you come here and stole my daddy from me ye did.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- a person who steals something from another
- criminal law a person who commits theft
Word Origin and History for thief
Old English þeof, from Proto-Germanic *theubaz (cf. Old Frisian thiaf, Old Saxon thiof, Middle Dutch dief, Old High German diob, German dieb, Old Norse þiofr, Gothic þiufs), probably from PIE *teup- (cf. Lithuanian tupeti "to crouch down").