verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to steal, especially in small quantities.

1540–50; v. use of late Middle English pilfre booty < Middle French pelfre. See pelf

pilferer, noun
unpilfered, adjective

thieve, purloin, filch, appropriate.
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pilfer (ˈpɪlfə)
to steal (minor items), esp in small quantities
[C14 pylfre (n) from Old French pelfre booty; see pelf]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400 (n.), from O.Fr. pelfre "booty, spoils" (11c.), of unknown origin, possibly related to pelf. The verb is first recorded 1540s.
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Example sentences
Will it create a data set that the less than honest can pilfer.
Looters drop by to pilfer whatever scraps of metal still wink of profit.
But rebels did not hinder them at checkpoints or pilfer their belongings.
Every war has its scavengers, the officers who barter or pilfer supplies that
  get bogged down in the system.
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