Origin of stole2
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 stole
Contemporary Examples of stole
Yep, the song the Whos sing in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
“He did not trust his slaves and regularly complained that they shirked work, stole supplies, and broke tools,” writes Larson.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
Judge Drioux intimated Picasso he was part of a larger gang of criminals who stole the Mona Lisa.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
The problem now is that they came back to the fight with sophisticated weapons, weapons they stole from the Americans.Obama Is Just 'Tickling' ISIS, Syrian Rebels Say
August 25, 2014
McCain said those were U.S. weapons that ISIS stole during its plundering of Mosul.McCain Calls Obama's 'Pinprick' Iraq Strikes 'Meaningless' and 'Almost Worse Than Nothing'
August 8, 2014
Historical Examples of stole
No; I stole one of the ship's boats, and came for you without leave.Brave and Bold
Night fell, and Harriet stole forth to the place designated.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
I beg, I beseech, I implore you, help me and show me the man that stole it.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Yes, they stole him from old Walters; made him believe the horse was no good.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I have never taken anything that did not belong to me, and yet they stole all I had.The Dream
Word Origin for stole
verb steals, stealing, stole or stolen
Word Origin for steal
Old English stole "long robe, scarf-like garment worn by clergymen," from Latin stola "robe, vestment," from Greek stole "a long robe;" originally "garment, equipment," from root of stellein "to place, array," with a secondary sense of "to put on" robes, etc., from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand" (see stall (n.1)). Meaning "women's long garment of fur or feathers" is attested from 1889.
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.