pilfery

noun pil·fery \-rē\

Definition of pilfery

plural

-es

  1. :  petty theft

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Origin and Etymology of pilfery

probably alteration of earlier pelfery booty, from (assumed) Old North French pelferie, from the source of Middle French pelfre booty


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