- simple past tense of steal.
- an ecclesiastical vestment consisting of a narrow strip of silk or other material worn over the shoulders or, by deacons, over the left shoulder only, and arranged to hang down in front to the knee or below.Compare tippet(def 2).
- a woman's shoulder scarf of fur, marabou, silk, or other material.Compare tippet(def 1).
- a long robe, especially one worn by the matrons of ancient Rome.
Origin of stole2
- 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 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
- the past tense of steal
- a long scarf or shawl, worn by women
- a long narrow scarf worn by various officiating clergymen
Word Origin for stole
- 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 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.
- The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.