- to steal, especially in small quantities.
Origin of pilfer
Synonyms for pilferSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for pilferingpurloin, filch, swipe, cop, crib, annex, pinch, rob, thieve, borrow, pluck, snatch, moonlight, appropriate, lift, take, scrounge, snare, liberate, requisition
Examples from the Web for pilfering
Contemporary Examples of pilfering
Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, its former ally, on the pretext, never proven, that Kuwait was pilfering oil from Iraq.Invaders and the Lies They Tell From Nazi Germany to Russia and the US
March 7, 2014
Historical Examples of pilfering
Could it be that the old gentleman suspected him of pilfering?The Boy Life of Napoleon
She had only had one great fault: she was inclined to pilfering.The Fortune of the Rougons
In short, their pilfering and stealing is a perfect nuisance.A Tour in Ireland
They have no pilfering, and the few locks and bolts are rarely needed.
Stealing and pilfering is carried on extensively all over the city.Birdseye Views of Far Lands
James T. Nichols
- to steal (minor items), esp in small quantities
Word Origin for pilfer
Word Origin and History for pilfering
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.