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thievish

[thee-vish] /ˈθi vɪʃ/
adjective
1.
given to thieving.
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a thief; stealthy:
a furtive, thievish look.
Origin of thievish
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English thevisch; see thief, -ish1
Related forms
thievishly, adverb
thievishness, noun
unthievish, adjective
unthievishly, adverb
unthievishness, noun
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  • And harmless, what there is of 'em; but as thievish as a set of jackdaws.'

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • But foxes were left, and they were extremely inquisitive and thievish.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • There is a thievish nature more hateful than even the biblioklept.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • O that treacherous, that thievish sleep, which had robbed him of his golden chance!

    Burl Morrison Heady
  • There are a great many kinds, but all are mischievous, troublesome, and thievish.

    Minnie's Pet Monkey Madeline Leslie
  • Right—this thievish instinct has not deceived him, he has found all, all.

    The Daughter of an Empress Louise Muhlbach
  • The thievish drones, which are prone to riot, let them riot!

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • They would still retain their idle and thievish propensities.'

  • But the thievish mahout is responsible for the worst of his belly-pinch.

    Beast and Man in India

    John Lockwood Kipling
  • They were like monkeys for their knavish and thievish tricks.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
Word Origin and History for thievish
adj.

mid-15c., "of or pertaining to thieves," from thieve + -ish. Meaning "inclined to steal" is from 1530s. Related: Thievishly; thievishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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