[ thee-vish ]
/ ˈθi vɪʃ /


given to thieving.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a thief; stealthy: a furtive, thievish look.

Nearby words

  1. thieu,
  2. thieu, nguyen van,
  3. thieve,
  4. thievery,
  5. thieving,
  6. thievishly,
  7. thigh,
  8. thigh-high,
  9. thigh-slapper,
  10. thighbone

Origin of thievish

1400–50; late Middle English thevisch; see thief, -ish1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for thievish



mid-15c., "of or pertaining to thieves," from thieve + -ish. Meaning "inclined to steal" is from 1530s. Related: Thievishly; thievishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper