klep·​to·​ma·​ni·​ac ˌklep-tə-ˈmā-nē-ˌak How to pronounce kleptomaniac (audio)
: a person evidencing kleptomania

Examples of kleptomaniac in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book, which chronicles the exploits of a kinky kleptomaniac, has been optioned for the screen, but has stalled due to the strikes. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Sep. 2023 At its center was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac — a hero for the times — Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2022 Jimmy Kimmel Live's impersonation was the most realistic, as Kimmel chased a kleptomaniac, questions-dodging Santos (Nelson Franklin) through the halls of Congress. Peter Weber, The Week, 23 Jan. 2023 The theft was not the first for the young film critic, who was known to be a kleptomaniac, stealing from cafes, the homes of friends and acquaintances and even from his grandfather’s book collection. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2022 Here’s your helpful hint: Breaking Bad’s kleptomaniac character stole one of these to give as a gift at a baby shower. Erik Kain, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Sasha had been a f---up all the way into her thirties: a kleptomaniac who'd managed to pilfer countless items from countless people over countless years. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 13 Dec. 2021 But despite appearing in almost every episode, their parents, except Elodie’s father, never seem to be aware or even mention their children are kleptomaniacs. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, 15 June 2019 Even everyone’s favorite kleptomaniac, the Niffler, makes an appearance. Alison Wild, EW.com, 20 June 2019 See More

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Word History


kleptomania + -ac, after maniac entry 1

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kleptomaniac was in 1850

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“Kleptomaniac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kleptomaniac. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


klep·​to·​ma·​ni·​ac ˌklep-tə-ˈmā-nē-ˌak How to pronounce kleptomaniac (audio)
: a person who exhibits kleptomania

Medical Definition


klep·​to·​ma·​ni·​ac -nē-ˌak How to pronounce kleptomaniac (audio)
: an individual exhibiting kleptomania

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