thief

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noun \ˈthēf\

Definition of thief

plural

thieves

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  1. :  one that steals especially stealthily or secretly; also :  one who commits theft or larceny

Examples of thief in a sentence

  1. A thief took my purse.

  2. <a thief has been stealing wallets and valuables from the lockers at the gym>

Origin and Etymology of thief

Middle English theef, from Old English thēof; akin to Old High German diob thief


First Known Use: before 12th century



THIEF Defined for English Language Learners

thief

play
noun \ˈthēf\

Definition of thief for English Language Learners

  • : a person who steals something


THIEF Defined for Kids

thief

play
noun \ˈthēf\

Definition of thief for Students

plural

thieves

\ˈthēvz\
  1. :  a person who steals :  robber


Law Dictionary

thief

noun

Legal Definition of thief

plural

thieves

  1. :  one who commits theft

Origin and Etymology of thief

Old English thēof



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