pilfer

  • 1 pilfer — pil·fer / pil fər/ vi: to steal esp. in small amounts and often again and again accused of pilfer ing from passenger luggage vt: to steal or steal from esp. in small quantities found pilfer ing goods from a store he was guarding pil·fer·age / pil …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 pilfer — pil‧fer [ˈpɪlfə ǁ ər] verb [transitive] to steal small amounts of things, or things that are not worth much, especially from an office, factory etc: • An employee has been charged with pilfering a set of automobile wheels. pilfering noun… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 pilfer — (v.) 1540s, from pilfer (n.), c.1400, from O.Fr. pelfre booty, spoils (11c.), of unknown origin, possibly related to PELF (Cf. pelf). Related: Pilfered; pilfering …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 Pilfer — Pil fer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pilfered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pilfering}.] [OF. pelfrer. See {Pelf}.] To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practice petty theft. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Pilfer — Pil fer, v. t. To take by petty theft; to filch; to steal little by little. [1913 Webster] And not a year but pilfers as he goes Some youthful grace that age would gladly keep. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 pilfer — *steal, filch, purloin, lift, pinch, snitch, swipe, cop Analogous words: seize, *take, grasp, grab, snatch: *catch, capture: *rob, rifle, loot, plunder …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 pilfer — meaning ‘to steal (something trivial)’, has inflected forms pilfered, pilfering …

    Modern English usage

  • 8 pilfer — [v] steal, embezzle annex, appropriate, borrow, cop*, crib*, filch*, liberate*, lift*, moonlight*, palm*, pinch*, pluck*, purloin, requisition, rip off*, rob, scrounge, snare, snatch, swipe, take, thieve, walk off with*; concepts 139,142,192 Ant …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 pilfer — ► VERB ▪ steal (things of little value). DERIVATIVES pilferage noun. ORIGIN Old French pelfrer to pillage …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 pilfer — [pil′fər] vt., vi. [< MFr pelfrer < pelfre, booty] to steal (esp. small sums or petty objects); filch pilferer n …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 pilfer — UK [ˈpɪlfə(r)] / US [ˈpɪlfər] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms pilfer : present tense I/you/we/they pilfer he/she/it pilfers present participle pilfering past tense pilfered past participle pilfered to steal things, especially from the… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 pilfer — v. (D; tr.) to pilfer from * * * [ pɪlfə] (D;tr.) to pilferfrom …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 pilfer — pil|fer [ˈpılfə US ər] v [I and T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: pelfrer, from pelfre stolen things ] to steal things that are not worth much, especially from the place where you work pilfer from ▪ She was sacked after being caught… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 pilfer — /pilfar/ To pilfer, in the plain and popular sense, means to steal. See larceny theft …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 15 pilfer — verb (pilfered; pilfering) Etymology: Middle French pelfrer, from pelfre booty Date: circa 1548 intransitive verb steal; especially to steal stealthily in small amounts and often again and again transitive verb steal; especially to steal in small …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 pilfer — pilferer, n. /pil feuhr/, v.i., v.t. to steal, esp. in small quantities. [1540 50; v. use of late ME pilfre booty < MF pelfre. See PELF] Syn. thieve, purloin, filch, appropriate. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 17 pilfer — verb /ˈpɪl.fə,ˈpɪl.fɚ/ To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practise petty theft …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 pilfer — Synonyms and related words: abstract, abuse, and, annex, appropriate, bag, befoul, boost, borrow, convert, cop, crib, debase, defalcate, defile, defraud, desecrate, divert, embezzle, extort, filch, foul, grab, hook, lift, make off with,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 pilfer — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. filch, rob, steal, plunder, thieve; shoplift. See stealing. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. rob, embezzle, appropriate; see steal . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. filch, steal, thieve, lift, pocket,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 pilfer — pil|fer [ pılfər ] verb intransitive or transitive to steal things, especially from the place where you work ╾ pil|fer|ing noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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