Origin of stealing
verb (used with object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
verb (used without object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
Origin of steal
Examples from the Web for stealing
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of stealing
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
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.