- to steal, especially in small quantities.
Origin of pilfer
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Related Words for pilfererpunk, clip, cheat, hijacker, plunderer, crook, kleptomaniac, stealer, prowler, burglar, criminal, pirate, sniper, robber, mugger, bandit, swindler, highwayman, owl, spider
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Historical Examples of pilferer
Dear Mr. Pilferer,—In answer to your note, I have nothing to say of any interest.
Now we've caught the pilferer, and we'll make an example of her!Complete Short Works
He was no pilferer, and scorned to carry off so mean a booty.American Sketches
Mercury, says he, a pilferer by trade, loves his nails too well to let them be pared.Finger-Ring Lore
What have you done with my piece of writing paper, you pilferer?Dead Souls
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
- to steal (minor items), esp in small quantities
Word Origin for pilfer
1540s, from pilfer (n.) "spoils, booty," c.1400, from Old French pelfre "booty, spoils" (11c.), of unknown origin, possibly related to pelf. Related: Pilfered; pilfering.