shop·​lift·​er | \ ˈshäp-ˌlif-tər How to pronounce shoplifter (audio) \

Definition of shoplifter

: one who shoplifts

Examples of shoplifter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An armed person in Indiana is being heralded as a hero after stopping an armed shoplifter and preventing any injury to a Walmart security guard. Lawrence Richard, Washington Examiner, "Armed 'good Samaritan' saves the day after shoplifter pulls gun on security guard, police say," 18 Apr. 2021 And in Needham, police faced allegations of racial profiling last year when a Black employee of a local business was wrongly identified as a shoplifter., "Nearly a year after George Floyd’s death, Boston area communities are reexamining policing," 16 Apr. 2021 On Thursday, an alleged shoplifter at a Home Depot on the South Side shot a security guard and a police officer before he was killed in a shootout with police a short time later. Fox News, "Fatal Friday shooting adds to spate of Chicago homicides," 27 Mar. 2021 Police arrested a shoplifter at Meijer at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Wrong-way driver gets stuck in highway median: Avon Police Blotter," 8 Mar. 2021 The shoplifter, with his knife out, walked toward them. Washington Post, "Police de-escalation training gaining renewed clout as law enforcement seeks to reduce killings," 27 Oct. 2020 Leo Lech saw his home totaled after an armed shoplifter hid from Greenwood Village, Colorado, police. Andrew Wimer, Forbes, "Police Wrecked An Innocent Woman’s Home And Left Her With The Repair Bill," 12 Mar. 2021 In his report of the shooting, Rogers said the shoplifter, later identified as Jaquan Jones, jumped in a car reported stolen in Cleveland. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Beachwood police officer violated several departmental policies in 2019 Beachwood Mall shooting, letter from city says," 11 Feb. 2021 Officers responded to Best Buy Dec. 29 after a shoplifter ran from the store with a security camera system. cleveland, "Man claims roommate pleasured himself on his blanket: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of shoplifter

1680, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2021

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“Shoplifter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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Legal Definition of shoplifter

: one who shoplifts

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