verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- purlin plate,
- purple bacteria,
- purple beech
Origin of purloin
Examples from the Web for purloin
If a thief gets a load of said bags, he'll pop right out of your mattress and purloin them.
But what could there be in the will to cause her to purloin it?A Woman's Burden|Fergus Hume
From her sleep alone she could purloin the few minutes that she dedicated to her pen and her Gabriella.The Wanderer (Volume 3 of 5)|Fanny Burney
Larry hit the ball on the seam for a single, but was caught a moment later in trying to purloin second.Baseball Joe, Home Run King|Lester Chadwick
Word Origin for purloin
mid-14c., "remove, misappropriate," from Anglo-French purloigner "remove," Old French porloigner "put off, retard, delay, drag out; be far away," from por- (from Latin pro- "forth;" see pro-) + Old French loing "far," from Latin longe, from longus (see long (adj.)). Sense of "to steal" (1540s) is a development in English. Related: Purloined; purloining.