- to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force: A pickpocket stole his watch.
- to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
- to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance: He stole my girlfriend.
- to move, bring, convey, or put secretly or quietly; smuggle (usually followed by away, from, in, into, etc.): They stole the bicycle into the bedroom to surprise the child.
- Baseball. (of a base runner) to gain (a base) without the help of a walk or batted ball, as by running to it during the delivery of a pitch.
- Games. to gain (a point, advantage, etc.) by strategy, chance, or luck.
- to gain or seize more than one's share of attention in, as by giving a superior performance: The comedian stole the show.
- to commit or practice theft.
- to move, go, or come secretly, quietly, or unobserved: She stole out of the house at midnight.
- to pass, happen, etc., imperceptibly, gently, or gradually: The years steal by.
- Baseball. (of a base runner) to advance a base without the help of a walk or batted ball.
- Informal. an act of stealing; theft.
- Informal. the thing stolen; booty.
- Informal. something acquired at a cost far below its real value; bargain: This dress is a steal at $40.
- Baseball. the act of advancing a base by stealing.
- steal someone's thunder, to appropriate or use another's idea, plan, words, etc.
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
- to take (something) from someone, etc without permission or unlawfully, esp in a secret manner
- (tr) to obtain surreptitiously
- (tr) to appropriate (ideas, etc) without acknowledgment, as in plagiarism
- to move or convey stealthilythey stole along the corridor
- (intr) to pass unnoticedthe hours stole by
- (tr) to win or gain by strategy or luck, as in various sportsto steal a few yards
- steal a march on to obtain an advantage over, esp by a secret or underhand measure
- steal someone's thunder to detract from the attention due to another by forestalling him
- steal the show to be looked upon as the most interesting, popular, etc, esp unexpectedly
- the act of stealing
- something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost
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.
- The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.