verb pil·fer \ˈpil-fər\

: to steal things that are not very valuable or to steal a small amount of something

pil·feredpil·fer·ing \-f(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of PILFER

intransitive verb
:  steal; especially :  to steal stealthily in small amounts and often again and again
transitive verb
:  steal; especially :  to steal in small quantities
pil·fer·able \-f(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
pil·fer·age \-f(ə-)rij\ noun
pil·fer·er \-fər-ər\ noun
pil·fer·proof \-ˌprüf\ adjective

Examples of PILFER

  1. She pilfered stamps and paper from work.
  2. <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


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