verb (used with object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
verb (used without object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
Origin of steal
Related Words for stealerpunk, clip, cheat, hijacker, plunderer, crook, kleptomaniac, pilferer, prowler, burglar, criminal, pirate, sniper, robber, mugger, pickpocket, bandit, swindler, highwayman, owl
Examples from the Web for stealer
Historical Examples of stealer
You are young to be a stealer of women;––the saints send you a whiter road!The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
I remember the time when such a head would have started a stealer anywhere.The Hive
Will Levington Comfort
The stealer was rewarded with a pension, the keeper's recompense is—to come.George Cruikshank's Omnibus
"The woman is a stealer," she added to her breathless recital.Old Caravan Days
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
He is commonly a stealer of Horses, which they terme a Priggar of Paulfreys.The Rogues and Vagabonds of Shakespeare's Youth
- a person who steals something
- (in combination)scene-stealer
verb steals, stealing, stole or stolen
Word Origin for steal
Old English stelan "to commit a theft" (class IV strong verb; past tense stæl, past participle stolen), from Proto-Germanic *stelanan (cf. Old Saxon stelan, Old Norse, Old Frisian stela, Dutch stelen, Old High German stelan, German stehlen, Gothic stilan), of unknown origin.
Most IE words for steal have roots in notions of "hide," "carry off," or "collect, heap up." Attested as a verb of stealthy motion from c.1300 (e.g. to steal away, late 14c.); of glances, sighs, etc., from 1580s. To steal (someone) blind first recorded 1974.
"a bargain," by 1942, American English colloquial, from steal (v.). Baseball sense of "a stolen base" is from 1867.