verb (used with object), thieved, thiev·ing.
verb (used without object), thieved, thiev·ing.
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Origin of thieve
OTHER WORDS FROM thievethiev·ing·ly, adverboutthieve, verb (used with object), out·thieved, out·thiev·ing.
Words nearby thieve
What does thieve mean?
To thieve is to steal—to commit theft.
A person who thieves is a thief. The words thief and theft are often used in situations in which a person steals in secret and without using force or violence. However, the word thieve is used in the context of all kinds of thefts, even violent ones. Thieve often implies that such thieving is done habitually or as part of a criminal lifestyle.
The related word thievery can mean the same thing as theft, but it typically refers to the practice of thieving—thieves lead a life of thieving and thievery.
Thieve is sometimes followed by the thing that will be or has been stolen, as in I just realized my kids have been thieving the coins from the fountain.
Thieve should not be confused with a form of the noun thief or its plural, thieves.
Example: He is a pirate, a rogue—he thieves and plunders without remorse.
Where does thieve come from?
The first records of the word thieve come from before 950. It comes from the Old English thēofian.
A person who thieves or has a tendency to thieve can be described as thievish or thieving, as in Come back here, you lying, thieving rapscallion! Thieve and related words like thievery and thieving can sometimes sound a bit old-timey, like they’re out of a classic adventure novel.
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How is thieve used in real life?
Thieve is not commonly used. When it is, it often implies that the person doing the thieving does so as part of leading a life of crime.
Talking to my dad about family history: seems my great-great-great grandfather was a bigamist and also the leader of a gang during the Civil War that robbed, thieved and murdered. Yes, I come from good Appalachian stock
— 🌹i am a flower (@ShineALightRose) July 2, 2018
My car was thieved and they took my big stockpile of car snacks, some quarters, a crystal, sunglasses and used my credit card to buy $300 in groceries.
I feel pretty good with this. #involuntarycontribution
— jolyn janis (@jolynjanis) December 12, 2017
Yup. Ben’s point is caucuses are operationally challenging. Your point is a bunch of thieves thieved and Iowa Dems badly mishandled the problem in a way that undermined electoral legitimacy. No disagreement among any of us.
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) February 6, 2020
Try using thieve!
Which of the following actions could be considered a case of thieving?
C. bank robbery
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for thieve
Observe thief, but thieves and to thieve; loaf, but loaves; shelf, but shelves and to shelve.The Sounds of Spoken English|Walter Rippmann
I had not been with them twelve hours, before old Fulcher told me that I must thieve as well as the rest.The Romany Rye|George Borrow
The father quietly observed, “I never knew the dog to thieve before.”Dog Breaking|William Nelson Hutchinson
I havent the slightest doubt that I would thieve again at the earliest opportunity.A Christmas Garland|Max Beerbohm
Here, as at most places, the natives of inferior rank showed a disposition to thieve.Captain Cook|W.H.G. Kingston