thief

noun
\ˈthēf \
plural thieves\ ˈthēvz \

Definition of thief 

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

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Examples of thief in a Sentence

A thief took my purse. a thief has been stealing wallets and valuables from the lockers at the gym

Recent Examples on the Web

In January armed robbers targeted a crypto-currency exchange in Canada; there have been many instances of individual investors’ bitcoin being stolen by hackers and thieves. The Economist, "A disciplined startup emerges from the Wild West of crypto-currency," 28 June 2018 Children, the great man said, were notorious thieves of time. Michael Chabon, GQ, "Michael Chabon: Are Kids the Enemy of Writing?," 27 Apr. 2018 Someone tried to grab his wallet from a back pocket, and his immediate reaction was to reach for the thief. Gustavo Ocando Alex, miamiherald, "With little public transportation, Venezuelans resort to dangerous, illegal ‘kennels’ to get around," 12 July 2018 The thieves drove a car through the front of the store and ran straight for the ATM, which was holding about $900. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Thieves rob, trash craft beer bar in Grosse Pointe Park," 22 June 2018 The thieves threw a large rock through the glass part of the service door on the south side of the service department. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thieves crashed stolen BMW through overhead doors at West Allis car dealership, police say," 19 June 2018 The thief thought so too, though in a different sense. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Johnson in Central Intelligence and the upcoming Skyscraper, is behind the movie that will see the actor star as an Interpol agent after the most wanted art thief in the world. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gal Gadot Joins Dwayne Johnson in 'Red Notice'," 11 June 2018 For one out of eight thieves, stealing a car is really easy. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Family tracks down car stolen with keys left inside, finds stolen goods in it," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of thief

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thief

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

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The first known use of thief was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for thief

thief

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thief

: a person who steals something

thief

noun
\ˈthēf \
plural thieves\ ˈthēvz \

Kids Definition of thief

: a person who steals : robber

thief

noun
plural thieves

Legal Definition of thief 

: one who commits theft

History and Etymology for thief

Old English thēof

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