[lahr-suh-nuh s]


of, resembling, or characteristic of larceny.
guilty of larceny.

Origin of larcenous

First recorded in 1735–45; larcen(y) + -ous
Related formslar·ce·nous·ly, adverbnon·lar·ce·nous, adjectiveun·lar·ce·nous, adjectiveun·lar·ce·nous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for larcenous

Historical Examples of larcenous

  • But however late and larcenous he may have been, the poet of IV.

  • Johnson's view of his larcenous proceedings is stated in the Life.

    Res Judicat

    Augustine Birrell

  • His larcenous hand has been in the pocket of his master almost every hour of the day for months, perhaps years past.

  • He chuckled as though the recollection of his larcenous companion pleased him tremendously.

    The Madness of May

    Meredith Nicholson

  • Leary seemed not at all disturbed by this revelation of his wife's larcenous affection for pearls.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson

Word Origin and History for larcenous

1742, from larceny + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper