lar·​ce·​nous | \ ˈlär-snəs How to pronounce larcenous (audio) , ˈlär-sə-nəs \

Definition of larcenous

1 : having the character of or constituting larceny
2 : committing larceny

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from larcenous

larcenously adverb

Examples of larcenous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nadja Nguyen is Colette Fo, Patience’s cheerfully larcenous landlady. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 22 July 2021 The Spurs were much more larcenous against New York. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2021 After the larcenous lootation (which is now a word, because why not?) of DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver isn't so much a need here. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, 22 Apr. 2020 Kim not only displayed her own larcenous streak -- laughing off warnings about Jimmy's behavior from her former boss, Howard (Patrick Fabian), then fantasizing about ways of retaliating against him -- but her toughness and resilience. Brian Lowry, CNN, 21 Apr. 2020 Blindspotting director Carlos Lopez Estrada will direct the new film, once again retelling the story of the swashbuckling fox and his larcenous adventures in Nottingham. Devan Coggan,, 10 Apr. 2020 The good news is that, after 18 years of larcenous tyranny under Joseph Kabila, Congo has a different president. The Economist, 1 Aug. 2019 Preller, starting with flat-out larcenous deals that landed Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack, has pushed a lot more right buttons than wrong ones the three years. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2019 The writers of this action sequel are magnificently larcenous. Michael Heaton,, 23 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'larcenous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of larcenous

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About larcenous

Time Traveler for larcenous

Time Traveler

The first known use of larcenous was in 1742

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near larcenous




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for larcenous

Cite this Entry

“Larcenous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for larcenous


lar·​ce·​nous | \ ˈlär-sə-nəs How to pronounce larcenous (audio) \

Legal Definition of larcenous

1 : of, relating to, or having the nature of larceny larcenous intent a larcenous scheme
2 : committing larceny


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!