- to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
- to commit theft; steal.
Origin of purloin
Related Words for purloinerbandit, burglar, cheat, clip, criminal, crook, highwayman, hijacker, kleptomaniac, mugger, pickpocket, pilferer, pirate, plunderer, prowler, robber, sniper, stealer, swindler, embezzler
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Historical Examples of purloiner
At night the purloiner marched to his plunder, and she revived.The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical
Frank H. Stauffer
I have strong doubts of his being the purloiner of the sword.
The purloiner of a clerk's property was ordered to restore threefold .The Parish Clerk (1907)
Peter Hampson Ditchfield
Was not the purloiner of my treasure and the wanderer the same person?Edgar Huntley
Charles Brockden Brown
The purloiner nodded, and his lips twisted into a smile of triumph, as he thrust the sheet of paper into his own pocket.The Roof Tree
Charles Neville Buck
- to take (something) dishonestly; steal
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.