[ pil-fer ]
/ ˈpɪl fər /

verb (used with or without object)

to steal, especially in small quantities.

Origin of pilfer

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

Related forms

pil·fer·er, nounun·pil·fered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pilfered


/ (ˈpɪlfə) /


to steal (minor items), esp in small quantities

Derived Forms

pilferer, nounpilfering, noun

Word Origin for pilfer

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