Definition of

Thief

  1. (noun, person) a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it

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Synonyms of Thief

stealer

Origin of the word Thief

  1. O.E. ?eof, from P.Gmc. *theubaz (cf. O.Fris. thiaf, O.S. thiof, M.Du. dief, O.H.G. diob, Ger. dieb, O.N. ?iofr, Goth. ?iufs), probably from PIE *teup- (cf. Lith. tupeti "to crouch down"). more

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