[ shop-lift ]
/ ˈʃɒpˌlɪft /

verb (used with object)

to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter.

verb (used without object)

to shoplift merchandise.

Nearby words

  1. shopfitter,
  2. shopful,
  3. shopgirl,
  4. shophar,
  5. shopkeeper,
  6. shoplifter,
  7. shoplifting,
  8. shoppe,
  9. shopper,
  10. shopping

Origin of shoplift

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from shoplifter

Related formsan·ti·shop·lift·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoplift

  • If you've been hired to build a shoplift-proof store, you'd better know how to shoplift.

    Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
  • I'll bet he couldn't walk into a store without figuring out a way to shoplift.

    Little Brother|Cory Doctorow

Word Origin and History for shoplift



also shop-lift, 1820, back-formation from shoplifting. Related: Shop-lifted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper