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

  • adj. Given to thieving.
  • adj. Of, similar to, or characteristic of a thief; furtive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a tendency to steal
  • adj. Having the manner of a thief; furtive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to stealing; addicted to theft.
  • adj. Like a thief; acting by stealth; sly; secret.
  • adj. Partaking of the nature of theft; accomplished by stealing; dishonest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Addicted to, concerned in, or characterized by thievery; pertaining in any manner to theft.
  • Stealthy; furtive; secret; sly.

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

  • adj. given to thievery


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  • Commission head Aleksandr Gurov said Ryabov called the articles on the expenditure of regional offices "thievish" and called federal and regional authorities "the subjects of theft."

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  • It looked to Kellen as if the Centaur had been up to his old thievish tricks again, and this time he'd had the poor judgment to try robbing a bee-tree when the bees were all at home.

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  • So all we got was what was in that one keep—and mine is half spent already, for the merchants here are a thievish lot.


  • If they are part of the same family unit, the antelope may belong to both of them regardless of who killed it, and Hilzoy may be considered immoral or thievish if she doesn't give Mona at least half.

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  • The county issued the bonds, in order to subscribe for stock in a thievish railroad, the Pittsburgh and Erie.

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  • Yielding to whichsoever of these agreeable eccentricities, he is a savage — cruel, false, thievish, murderous; addicted more or less to grease, entrails, and beastly customs; a wild animal with the questionable gift of boasting; a conceited, tiresome, bloodthirsty, monotonous humbug.

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  • He assailed the Democrats for hiking taxes on everybody, when in fact the tax hikes targeted the same thievish oil companies gouging prices at the pump last summer.

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  • As his murderous and thievish footfall passed out of the garden, the steps of the notary and some one accompanying him stopped at the front door of the house.

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  • As his head dropped on his breast, and he stumbled on the brink of the chasm as before, the thievish hands went once more, quick and busy, to his breast.

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  • “Stop!” cried Vendale, in a terrible voice, staggering up with a last flash of fire breaking out of him, and clutching the thievish hands at his breast, in both of his.

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