thief

noun
\ ˈthēf How to pronounce thief (audio) \
plural thieves\ ˈthēvz How to pronounce thieves (audio) \

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

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Police said the toilet was taken early Saturday by thieves who used at least two vehicles. Gregory Katz, The Denver Post, "Solid gold toilet stolen from Winston Churchill’s birthplace," 14 Sep. 2019 Police said the toilet was taken early Saturday by thieves who used at least two vehicles. Washington Post, "Solid gold toilet stolen from Winston Churchill’s birthplace," 14 Sep. 2019 Police said the toilet was taken early Saturday by thieves who used at least two vehicles. CBS News, "$1.25 million toilet stolen from Winston Churchill's birthplace," 14 Sep. 2019 Police said the toilet was taken by thieves who used at least two vehicles. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World," 14 Sep. 2019 This isn’t the first time the Chevron has been targeted by thieves, according to one Yelp review. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Credit card skimmers discovered at Woodside gas station," 27 Aug. 2019 The Casa Lincoln Ford car dealership gave Antonio Basco a Ford Escape after reports circulated that the one belonging to his partner, Margie Reckard, had been badly damaged by thieves. Fox News, "El Paso shooting victim's partner gets new SUV after his is stolen, vandalized," 21 Aug. 2019 Even so, her card still has important information that can be used by thieves. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Door-to-door thieves are using DNA tests to scam you," 15 Aug. 2019 So if, for example, your bank account was drained by identity thieves after the hack, the claim process is probably still worthwhile. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Equifax Data Breach Victims Drained Its $31 Million Settlement Fund in a Week," 31 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce thief (audio) \
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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