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pilfer

[pil-fer] /ˈpɪl fər/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to steal, especially in small quantities.
Origin
late Middle English
1540-1550
1540-50; v. use of late Middle English pilfre booty < Middle French pelfre. See pelf
Related forms
pilferer, noun
unpilfered, adjective
Synonyms
thieve, purloin, filch, appropriate.
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Examples from the web for pilfered
  • Game ranchers set out feed to attract deer, but wild hogs pilfered it, growing more fecund.
  • Some drink the local special, jet-five, so called because the fermentation of maize and sorghum is sped up with pilfered jet fuel.
  • Former ministers and a prime minister agreed to hand back money pilfered in office.
  • Any information that helps find pilfered goods may also be used to track camera owners' activities.
  • After, of course, they've pilfered trillions from our pockets.
  • All these politicians are seeking higher taxes because their treasuries have been pilfered due to corruption.
  • No need to worry, though, about wheels getting pilfered.
  • She hits a couple of high points that get you, such as a blast at her husband over some pilfered rice.
  • Local artifact hunters have periodically pilfered the site.
  • pilfered products may not be kept under ideal or required storage conditions which can threaten the product's integrity.
British Dictionary definitions for pilfered

pilfer

/ˈpɪlfə/
verb
1.
to steal (minor items), esp in small quantities
Derived Forms
pilferer, noun
pilfering, noun
Word Origin
C14 pylfre (n) from Old French pelfre booty; see pelf
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Word Origin and History for pilfered

pilfer

v.

1540s, from pilfer (n.) "spoils, booty," c.1400, from Old French pelfre "booty, spoils" (11c.), of unknown origin, possibly related to pelf. Related: Pilfered; pilfering.

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