from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To steal, often in a violation of trust. See Synonyms at steal.
- intransitive v. To commit theft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To convert the property of another, often in breach of trust; to appropriate wrongfully.
- v. To commit theft; to thieve.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take or carry away for one's self; hence, to steal; to take by theft; to filch.
- intransitive v. To practice theft; to steal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put off; prolong; delay.
- To set back or aside; put away; remove.
- To remove, carry off, or take for one's self; hence, to take by theft; filch; steal.
- To practise theft.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make off with belongings of others
Middle English purloinen, to remove, from Anglo-Norman purloigner : pur-, away (from Latin prō-; see pro-1) + loign, far (from Latin longē, from longus, long; see del-1 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman purloigner, one of the variants of Old French porloigner. (Wiktionary)