petty larceny

  1. larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount.

Origin of petty larceny

First recorded in 1810–20

Words Nearby petty larceny Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use petty larceny in a sentence

  • At the same time another law was passed, disfranchising all voters who had been found guilty at any time of petty larceny.

  • He had all the contempt for a petty-larceny thief that the skilled safe-breaker has for the common purse-snatcher.

    'Me-Smith' | Caroline Lockhart
  • They were somewhat addicted to petty larceny, but felony had been frightened out of their souls long ago.

    The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
  • In January, 1761, four men for “petty larceny” were whipped at the cart-tail round New York.

  • It's discovering small evil in a man—petty larceny, sneak thieving—that pours sand into a woman's soul.

    Bulldog Carney | W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for petty larceny

petty larceny

  1. a variant spelling of petit larceny

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