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thieve

[theev] /θiv/
verb (used with object), thieved, thieving.
1.
to take by theft; steal.
verb (used without object), thieved, thieving.
2.
to act as a thief; commit theft; steal.
Origin of thieve
950
before 950; Old English thēofian, derivative of theōf thief (not recorded in ME)
Related forms
thievingly, adverb
outthieve, verb (used with object), outthieved, outthieving.
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  • These thieving propensities made her perfect as a ne'er-do-well.

  • I do not deny that Sir Thomas Picton has described him as a "thieving blackguard."

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • It was Judas Iscariot was saying it first, and you're just thieving it from a thief.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • There was a run against me last night in that thieving place.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • What he had had the audacity to propose to me had been treason, not thieving.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for thieving

thieving

/ˈθiːvɪŋ/
adjective
1.
given to stealing other people's possessions

thieve

/θiːv/
verb
1.
to steal (someone's possessions)
Derived Forms
thievery, noun
Word Origin
Old English thēofian, from thēofthief
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Word Origin and History for thieving

thieve

v.

Old English þeofian, from þeof (see thief). Rare in Old English, not common until 17c. Thieving first attested 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for thieving

thieving

adjective

Inclined to steal: thieving piece of crap (1598+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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