thief

noun \ ˈthēf \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of thief

plural thieves play \ˈthēvz\
: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

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Origin and Etymology of thief

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



THIEF Defined for English Language Learners

thief

noun

Definition of thief for English Language Learners

  • : a person who steals something


THIEF Defined for Kids

thief

noun \ ˈthēf \

Definition of thief for Students

plural thieves \ˈthēvz\
:a person who steals :robber

Law Dictionary

thief

noun

legal Definition of thief

plural thieves
:one who commits theft

Origin and Etymology of thief

Old English thēof



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