pilferage

[ pil-fer-ij ]
/ ˈpɪl fər ɪdʒ /

noun

the act or practice of pilfering; petty theft.
something that is pilfered.

Origin of pilferage

First recorded in 1620–30; pilfer + -age
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Examples from the Web for pilferage

  • The damage and losses by pilferage of certain descriptions of goods are enormous.

    Rides on Railways|Samuel Sidney
  • The imperfect protection of a tarpaulin was, and is, a great temptation to pilferage.

    Rides on Railways|Samuel Sidney

British Dictionary definitions for pilferage

pilferage

/ (ˈpɪlfərɪdʒ) /

noun

the act or practice of stealing small quantities or articles
the amount so stolen
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Word Origin and History for pilferage

pilferage


n.

1620s, from pilfer + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper