klepto

noun
klep·​to | \ ˈklep-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce klepto (audio) \
plural kleptos

Definition of klepto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Definition of klepto- (Entry 2 of 2)

: stealing : theft kleptomania

Examples of klepto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What could be worse than the klepto-managers of Wall Street? Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Scott Burns: Low yields on savings are destroying the magic of investment returns," 23 June 2020 The first trilogy borrowed greedily from Flash Gordon and Japanese samurai movies, and set a precedent for future klepto-cinema. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'The Last Jedi' Is the History of Human Warfare in Reverse," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of klepto

Noun

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for klepto

Combining form

Greek, from kleptein to steal; akin to Goth hlifan to steal, Latin clepere

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3 Jul 2020

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“Klepto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klepto. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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