stole

1
[ stohl ]
/ stoʊl /

verb

simple past tense of steal.

Definition for stole (2 of 3)

stole

2
[ stohl ]
/ stoʊl /

noun

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 stole

2
before 950; Middle English, Old English < Latin stola < Greek stolḗ clothing, robe; akin to Greek stéllein to array, Old English stellan to place, put

Definition for stole (3 of 3)

steal

[ steel ]
/ stil /

verb (used with object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.

verb (used without object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.

noun

Origin of steal

before 900; 1860–65 for def 5; Middle English stelen, Old English stelan; cognate with German stehlen, Old Norse stela, Gothic stilan

Related forms

steal·a·ble, adjectivesteal·er, nounnon·steal·a·ble, adjectiveout·steal, verb (used with object), out·stole, out·sto·len, out·steal·ing.

Can be confused

burglarize mug rip off rob steal (see synonym study at rob)steal steel stele

Word story

Steal and its kindred words come from the Germanic root stel- “to rob, steal” (as in Gothic stilan, Old English, Old Frisian, Old High German stelan, German stehlen ); the root has no certain relatives outside Germanic.
The idea of secrecy and concealment is a natural association, as in the words derivative of stel-, such as the noun stealth (Middle English stelthe, stelth, from Germanic stēlithō ), and the verb stalk “to follow or observe secretly or cautiously.” One of the current senses of stalk “to follow or harass someone obsessively over a period of time” dates from the early 1980s.
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British Dictionary definitions for stole (1 of 3)

stole

1
/ (stəʊl) /

verb

the past tense of steal

British Dictionary definitions for stole (2 of 3)

stole

2
/ (stəʊl) /

noun

a long scarf or shawl, worn by women
a long narrow scarf worn by various officiating clergymen

Word Origin for stole

Old English stole, from Latin stola, Greek stolē clothing; related to stellein to array

British Dictionary definitions for stole (3 of 3)

steal

/ (stiːl) /

verb steals, stealing, stole or stolen

noun informal

the act of stealing
something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost

Word Origin for steal

Old English stelan; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse stela Gothic stilan, German stehlen
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Medicine definitions for stole

steal

[ stēl ]

n.

The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.
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