- to take by theft; steal.
- to act as a thief; commit theft; steal.
Origin of thieve
before 950; Old English thēofian, derivative of theōf thief (not recorded in ME)
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Examples from the Web for thieve
There will be fences about the fields, and no Indians to thieve and kill.The Biography of a Prairie Girl
Let them know,' she said grandly, 'what awaits those who skulk and those who thieve.For Faith and Freedom
The leaders will thieve and collaborate with organized crime.After the Rain
They break into the wells as rats do into granaries, and thieve the water.Song of the Lark
Only they shall not starve, they shall not thieve, they shall not be sweated.The Ivory Gate, a new edition
- to steal (someone's possessions)
Old English thēofian, from thēof thief
Word Origin and History for thieve
Old English þeofian, from þeof (see thief). Rare in Old English, not common until 17c. Thieving first attested 1520s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper