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purloin

[ per-loin, pur-loin ]
/ pərˈlɔɪn, ˈpɜr lɔɪn /
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verb (used with object)
to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
verb (used without object)
to commit theft; steal.
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Origin of purloin

First recorded in 1325–50; Middle English purloynen, from Anglo-French purloigner, Old French porloigner “to put off, remove,” equivalent to pur- (from Latin prō- pro-1) + -loigner, derivative of loin “at a distance, far off,” from Latin longē “a long way off,” adverb of longus “long” (see origin at long1)

OTHER WORDS FROM purloin

pur·loin·er, nounun·pur·loined, adjective
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How to use purloin in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for purloin

purloin
/ (pɜːˈlɔɪn) /

verb
to take (something) dishonestly; steal

Derived forms of purloin

purloiner, noun

Word Origin for purloin

C15: from Old French porloigner to put at a distance, from por- for + loin distant, from Latin longus long
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