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pilfer

[ pil-fer ]
/ ˈpɪl fər /
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verb (used with or without object)
to steal, especially in small quantities.
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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
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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
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