- to take by theft; steal.
- to act as a thief; commit theft; steal.
Origin of thieve
Related Words for thievingcrooked, larcenous, cunning, pilfering, dishonest, fraudulent, furtive, predatory, rapacious, secretive, sly, stealthy, thievish, light-fingered, sticky-fingered
Examples from the Web for thieving
Contemporary Examples of thieving
The underwear was returned to Payne -- but not until after one of the thieving fans tried them on.Gravity’s Space-Diaper Fiasco; Beyoncé Debuts Her First Calendar
The Fashion Beast Team
October 8, 2013
Putin is also, for obvious reasons, not a great fan of people-power democracy movements that overthrow corrupt, thieving elites.Putin’s Power Play on Syria
September 10, 2013
A novel dealing with, among many other interesting things, the aesthetics of thieving.How I Write: John Banville on ‘Ancient Light,’ Nabokov, and Dublin
October 3, 2012
Spacey makes Abramoff an enormously appealing rage-filled, thieving, megalomaniacal sociopath.
But Spacey makes Abramoff an enormously appealing, rage-filled, thieving, megalomaniacal sociopath.
Historical Examples of thieving
These thieving propensities made her perfect as a ne'er-do-well.The Fat and the Thin
I do not deny that Sir Thomas Picton has described him as a "thieving blackguard."The Snare
It was Judas Iscariot was saying it first, and you're just thieving it from a thief.The Manxman
There was a run against me last night in that thieving place.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
What he had had the audacity to propose to me had been treason, not thieving.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- given to stealing other people's possessions
- to steal (someone's possessions)
Word Origin for thieve
Old English þeofian, from þeof (see thief). Rare in Old English, not common until 17c. Thieving first attested 1520s.