noun \ˈthēf\

: a person who steals something

plural thieves \ˈthēvz\

Full Definition of THIEF

:  one that steals especially stealthily or secretly; also :  one who commits theft or larceny

Examples of THIEF

  1. A thief took my purse.
  2. <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

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with THIEF

THIEF Defined for Kids


noun \ˈthēf\
plural thieves \ˈthēvz\

Definition of THIEF for Kids

:  a person who steals :  robber


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