verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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?
But what say the fathers and brothers of the purloined damsels to this high-handed procedure of the young men of Benjamin?Oriental Women|Edward Bagby Pollard
He unburdened himself of the purloined articles which he now placed before him in a little pile.Trusia|Davis Brinton
Borrowed civilizations and purloined languages are often so many disguises which conceal the truth of ethnic relationships.Influences of Geographic Environment|Ellen Churchill Semple
And in three weeks the purloined ring came back to her, in a box of violets with no name attached.The Golden Slipper|Anna Katharine Green
It is inconceivable how easily mail may be purloined in a large hotel.The Carpet from Bagdad|Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for purloined
Word Origin for purloin
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.