thiev·​ish | \ ˈthē-vish How to pronounce thievish (audio) \

Definition of thievish

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a thief
2 : given to stealing

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Other Words from thievish

thievishly adverb
thievishness noun

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First Known Use of thievish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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