thieve

[ theev ]
/ θiv /

verb (used with object), thieved, thiev·ing.

to take by theft; steal.

verb (used without object), thieved, thiev·ing.

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 forms

thiev·ing·ly, adverbout·thieve, verb (used with object), out·thieved, out·thiev·ing.
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thieving

/ (ˈθiːvɪŋ) /

adjective

given to stealing other people's possessions

British Dictionary definitions for thieving (2 of 2)

thieve

/ (θiːv) /

verb

to steal (someone's possessions)

Derived Forms

thievery, noun

Word Origin for thieve

Old English thēofian, from thēof thief
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