pilfer

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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to steal, especially in small quantities.

Origin of pilfer

1
1540–50; v. use of late Middle English pilfre booty <Middle French pelfre.See pelf

Other words for pilfer

Other words from pilfer

  • pil·fer·er, noun
  • un·pil·fered, adjective

Words Nearby pilfer

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British Dictionary definitions for pilfer

pilfer

/ (ˈpɪlfə) /


verb
  1. to steal (minor items), esp in small quantities

Origin of pilfer

1
C14 pylfre (n) from Old French pelfre booty; see pelf

Derived forms of pilfer

  • pilferer, noun
  • pilfering, noun

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