[ bib-lee-uh-klept ]
/ ˈbɪb li əˌklɛpt /


a person who steals books.

Origin of biblioklept

1880–85; biblio- + Greek kléptēs thief; see kleptomania Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biblioklept

  • This sentence has naturally caused us to reflect on the ethical character of the biblioklept.

    The Library|Andrew Lang
  • Shall we say, then, that the Robustious Philistine is the worse citizen, while the Biblioklept is the worse man?

    The Library|Andrew Lang
  • There is a thievish nature more hateful than even the biblioklept.

    The Library|Andrew Lang

Word Origin and History for biblioklept



1881, from biblio- + Greek kleptes "thief" (see kleptomania). Walsh calls it "a modern euphemism which softens the ugly word book-thief by shrouding it in the mystery of the Greek language."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper