Definition of


  1. (verb, possession) take by theft

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Synonyms of Thieve

cop, glom, hook, knock off, snitch

Alternate forms of Thieve

Derivations: thievery, thieving

Hypernyms: steal

Origin of the word Thieve

  1. O.E. ?eofian, from ?eof (see thief). Rare in O.E., not common until 17c. Thievish "of or pertaining to thieves" is recorded from mid-15c.; meaning "inclined to steal" is from 1530s. Thieving first attested 1520s. Thievery is from 1560s. more

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