Definition of Pilfer

1. Verb. Make off with belongings of others. "They pilfer the money "

Exact synonyms: Abstract, Cabbage, Filch, Hook, Lift, Nobble, Pinch, Purloin, Snarf, Sneak, Swipe
Generic synonyms: Steal
Derivative terms: Cabbage, Lifter, Pilferage, Pilferer



Definition of Pilfer

1. v. i. To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practice petty theft.

2. v. t. To take by petty theft; to filch; to steal little by little.

Definition of Pilfer

1. Verb. To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practise petty theft. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pilfer

1. to steal [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: steal

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pilfer

pileorhizae
pileous
pileous gland
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pileum
pileup
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pileus
pilework
pileworks
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pilewort
pileworts
pilfer (current term)
pilferable
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pilfery
pilgarlic
pilgarlick
pilgarlics

Literary usage of Pilfer

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1. Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the by Thomas Wright (1904)
"(3) To dece ve ; to pilfer. (6) To eke out carefully. Eatt. (5) To walk mincingly. North. (7) To nibble. Weit. (8) To dawdle Eue*. NIGGLING, adj. Mean. ..."

2. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
"pilfer. "In the civil law the terra ... a pile driver employé within the meaning of The words "to pilfer," In their piala and popular sense, mean to steal. ..."

3. The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats: Complete in One Volume by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats (1829)
"Wouldst thou have pilfer'd from our school-boys' themes These shallow sophisms of a popular ... pilfer ..."

4. London Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature by Thomas Tegg (1829)
"... Whatever good bits you can pilfer i л the day, save them to junket with your fellow servants at night. Stoi/'r. She taught him, however, very early to ..."

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