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


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