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
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
After, of course, they've pilfered trillions from our pockets.
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