Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the nature of theft; thievish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of theft; thievish.

Etymologies

From earlier thiefteous, thiftwis, from Middle English *theftwis, equivalent to theft +‎ -wise. Compare righteous. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He felt nearly sleepy: that luxurious sleepiness when slumber is certain, and one lies awake pondering trifles, till theftuous sleep drift one away.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Are these theftuous birds and beasts to be explained as Fire-gods?

    Modern Mythology

  • By means of its twining and theftuous roots it imbibes automatically its nourishment ready-prepared from the body of the crab.

    Natural Law in the Spiritual World

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