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shoplifter

[ shop-lif-ter ]
/ ˈʃɒpˌlɪf tər /
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noun

a person who steals goods from the shelves or displays of a retail store while posing as a customer.

RELATED WORDS

raider, burglar, looter, pickpocket, thief, bandit, crook, swindler, thug, marauder, pirate, mugger, rustler, sniper, criminal, robber, fence, cheat, hijacker, plunderer

Nearby words

shopful, shopgirl, shophar, shopkeeper, shoplift, shoplifter, shoplifting, shoppe, shopper, shopping, shopping bag

Origin of shoplifter

1670–80; obsolete shoplift shoplifter (shop + lift) + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for shoplifter

shoplifter

/ (ˈʃɒpˌlɪftə) /

noun

a person who steals goods from a shop during shopping hours
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for shoplifter

shoplifter


n.

1670s, from shop (n.) + agent noun of lift (v.). Also in same sense shop-lift (1670s); shop-thief.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper