verb (used with object)

to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter.

verb (used without object)

to shoplift merchandise.

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

Related Words for shoplift

pilfer, burglarize, pinch, heist, swipe, snatch, lift, take, pillage, embezzle, loot, defraud

Examples from the Web for shoplift

Historical Examples of 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