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

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Being off-grid kept that vital information away from thieves. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Crypto Exchange Founder's Untimely Death Leaves $190 Million Locked Away in Limbo," 4 Feb. 2019 The exchange and photo are intended to be funny, showing a thick-as-thieves bond between mother and son. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 5: 'Owies'," 8 Jan. 2019 Its finale unleashed a powerful ancient force into the world, while augmented thief Sancia now has more control over her abilities to sense magical objects. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 But what if your smart home isn't smart enough to thwart thieves? Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Smart Light Bulbs Can Expose Your Home To Theft," 19 Dec. 2018 The precious headpiece was kept at the Portland Collection Gallery at the Welbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, but thieves smashed into its armored glass encasement with power tools to steal the tiara last Tuesday. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Royal Tiara Was Stolen Like a Real-Life Ocean's 11 Movie," 27 Nov. 2018 During the terrifying ordeal, thieves made off with as much as $11 million in jewelry, including Kardashian West’s $4.5 million emerald cut diamond engagement ring. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian West Reveals the Steps She Takes to Protect Herself Since the Paris Robbery," 5 July 2018 Lopez Obrador has vowed to get the upper hand on the fuel thieves and earlier this month tried to choke off their supply by taking several major pipelines off line. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Mexico president declares gains in fight against fuel theft," 14 Jan. 2019 Bennett’s streets teem with unaffiliated scrivers, thieves, and swords-for-hire, and the novel’s final act — a heist and confrontation — sees Sancia breaking into the fantasy equivalent of a smart fortress. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 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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