- to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
- to commit theft; steal.
Origin of purloin
Examples from the Web for purloined
Who was minding the store when 92,000 documents were purloined, Big Brother or Big Momma?
Who was minding the store when 92,000 classified military logs were purloined?
And now, how aged was the dog when he was purloined away from you?Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
The individual who purloined it is known—this beyond a doubt; he was seen to take it.
The individual who purloined it is known; this beyond a doubt; he was seen to take it.The Short-story
William Patterson Atkinson
He would have got legitimately what he purloined unlawfully.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Joshua
William Garden Blaikie
At breakfast-time the dog, as on the preceding evening, purloined a piece of bread.Dog Breaking
William Nelson Hutchinson
- to take (something) dishonestly; steal
Word Origin and History for purloined
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.