thieve

[theev]
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verb (used without object), thieved, thiev·ing.
  1. to act as a thief; commit theft; steal.

Origin of thieve

before 950; Old English thēofian, derivative of theōf thief (not recorded in ME)
Related formsthiev·ing·ly, adverbout·thieve, verb (used with object), out·thieved, out·thiev·ing.
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Related Words for thieve

pilfer, filch, rob, swipe, hook, loot

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British Dictionary definitions for thieve

thieve

verb
  1. to steal (someone's possessions)
Derived Formsthievery, noun

Word Origin for thieve

Old English thēofian, from thēof thief
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Word Origin and History for thieve
v.

Old English þeofian, from þeof (see thief). Rare in Old English, not common until 17c. Thieving first attested 1520s.

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