Simple Definition of pilfer
: to steal things that are not very valuable or to steal a small amount of something
Full Definition of pilfer
pil·feredpil·fer·ing play \-f(ə-)riŋ\
Examples of pilfer
She pilfered stamps and paper from work.
<what sort of person would pilfer lunches from the office refrigerator?>
Origin of pilfer
Middle French pelfrer, from pelfre booty
First Known Use: circa 1548
Synonym Discussion of pilfer
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