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[lahr-suh-nuh s] /ˈlɑr sə nəs/
of, resembling, or characteristic of larceny.
guilty of larceny.
Origin of larcenous
1735-45; larcen(y) + -ous
Related forms
larcenously, adverb
nonlarcenous, adjective
unlarcenous, adjective
unlarcenously, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He chuckled as though the recollection of his larcenous companion pleased him tremendously.

    The Madness of May Meredith Nicholson
  • Johnson's view of his larcenous proceedings is stated in the Life.

    Res Judicat Augustine Birrell
  • This larcenous but inevitable programme we carried out, after waiting through dreadful hours of cold and shivering anxiety.

    In the Wrong Paradise Andrew Lang
  • His larcenous hand has been in the pocket of his master almost every hour of the day for months, perhaps years past.

    The Seven Curses of London James Greenwood
  • Leverett, always a coward, had pursued his devious and larcenous way through the world, always in deadly fear of sink holes.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • Leary seemed not at all disturbed by this revelation of his wife's larcenous affection for pearls.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • But however late and larcenous he may have been, the poet of IV.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • Amused at this evident return of his larcenous friend of the previous day, he lay perfectly still.

Word Origin and History for larcenous

1742, from larceny + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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