Simple Definition of thief
: a person who steals something
Full Definition of thief
plural thieves play \ˈthēvz\
: one that steals especially stealthily or secretly; also : one who commits theft or larceny
Examples of thief
A thief took my purse.
<a thief has been stealing wallets and valuables from the lockers at the gym>
Origin of thief
Middle English theef, from Old English thēof; akin to Old High German diob thief
First Known Use: before 12th century
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