verb (used with object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
verb (used without object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
Origin of steal
Related formssteal·a·ble, adjectivesteal·er, nounnon·steal·a·ble, adjectiveout·steal, verb (used with object), out·stole, out·sto·len, out·steal·ing.
The idea of secrecy and concealment is a natural association, as in the words derivative of stel-, such as the noun stealth (Middle English stelthe, stelth, from Germanic stēlithō ), and the verb stalk “to follow or observe secretly or cautiously.” One of the current senses of stalk “to follow or harass someone obsessively over a period of time” dates from the early 1980s.
Examples from the Web for stealer
The crowd cheers and proclaims McGraw a great manager and the stealer a great base runner.Pitching in a Pinch|Christy Mathewson
One of the cards bore these words: 'Much-respected Deputy and collar-sewer—or stealer.'The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He is commonly a stealer of Horses, which they terme a Priggar of Paulfreys.The Rogues and Vagabonds of Shakespeare's Youth|John Awdeley
The stealer refuses, and puts them behind her and stands on her defence.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol II of II)|Alice Bertha Gomme
"The woman is a stealer," she added to her breathless recital.Old Caravan Days|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
British Dictionary definitions for stealer (1 of 2)
- a person who steals something
- (in combination)scene-stealer