theft

[ theft ]
/ θɛft /

noun

the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.
an instance of this.
Archaic. something stolen.

QUIZZES

BECOME A PRO CHEF WITH THIS EXQUISITE CUISINE QUIZ!

Even if you can't be a professional chef, you can at least talk like one with this vocabulary quiz.
Question 1 of 9
You may have read the word "simmer" in a recipe or two, but what does it really mean?

Origin of theft

before 900; Middle English; Old English thēfth, thēofth;see thief, -th1; cognate with Old Norse thȳfth,obsolete Dutch diefte

OTHER WORDS FROM theft

an·ti·theft, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for theft

British Dictionary definitions for theft

theft
/ (θɛft) /

noun

criminal law the dishonest taking of property belonging to another person with the intention of depriving the owner permanently of its possession
rare something stolen

Derived forms of theft

theftless, adjective

Word Origin for theft

Old English thēofth; related to Old Norse thӯfth, Old Frisian thiūvethe, Middle Dutch düfte; see thief
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012