from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of stealing; larceny.
  • n. Obsolete Something stolen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of stealing property.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of stealing; specifically, the felonious taking and removing of personal property, with an intent to deprive the rightful owner of the same; larceny.
  • n. The thing stolen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of stealing; in law, larceny (which see): compare also robbery.
  • n. Something stolen; a loss by stealing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of taking something from someone unlawfully


Middle English, from Old English thīefth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English þȳft, þēoft, earlier þīefþ, þēofþ, from Proto-Germanic *þiubiþō, from *þeubaz (“thief”). Cognate with Old Norse þeoft, þeofð and (obsolete) Dutch diefte. Compare thief, -th. (Wiktionary)



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