- given to or characterized by theft.
Origin of stealing
- 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
Examples from the Web for stealing
The NOPD fired Knight in 1973 for stealing lumber from a construction site as an off-duty cop.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
The story follows a down on his luck family man named Bill Scanlon (Wes Bentley), who takes to stealing after losing his job.After The Fall: Introducing The Anti-Villain
December 21, 2014
Zilch, what with Showtime's other steamy sex-heavy drama, The Affair, stealing its thunder.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More
December 11, 2014
In the real world, he said, a hacker is more likely interested in stealing records he can sell than in harming a patient.How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked
Kaiser Health News
November 17, 2014
We all know each other, we are essentially family, so stealing and killing are not problems we have.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
When he awoke the cold light of the morning was stealing in.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He'll think he's been the cause of it, by stealing your heart from me.
Andy sighed at the thought of stealing through the great halls within.Way of the Lawless
Though faith there's a good deal that's like stealing goes on where that comes from!Weighed and Wanting
They were silent, and had even forgotten the exciting event of the stealing of the horses.In the Midst of Alarms
- 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 and History for stealing
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.