Dictionary.com

pilfer

[ pil-fer ]
/ ˈpɪl fər /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: pilfer / pilfered / pilfering / pilferer on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with or without object)
to steal, especially in small quantities.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of pilfer

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

OTHER WORDS FROM pilfer

pil·fer·er, nounun·pil·fered, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use pilfer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pilfer

pilfer
/ (ˈpɪlfə) /

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

Derived forms of pilfer

pilferer, nounpilfering, noun

Word Origin for pilfer

C14 pylfre (n) from Old French pelfre booty; see pelf
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK