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thievish

[thee-vish]
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  1. given to thieving.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a thief; stealthy: a furtive, thievish look.
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Origin of thievish

1400–50; late Middle English thevisch; see thief, -ish1
Related formsthiev·ish·ly, adverbthiev·ish·ness, nounun·thiev·ish, adjectiveun·thiev·ish·ly, adverbun·thiev·ish·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for thievish

Historical Examples

  • 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


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.

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