[per-loin, pur-loin]
verb (used with object)
to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
verb (used without object)
to commit theft; steal.

1400–50; late Middle English purloynen < Anglo-French purloigner to put off, remove, equivalent to pur- (< Latin prō- pro-1) + -loigner, derivative of loin at a distance, far off < Latin longē

purloiner, noun
unpurloined, adjective
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purloin (pɜːˈlɔɪn)
to take (something) dishonestly; steal
[C15: from Old French porloigner to put at a distance, from por- for +loin distant, from Latin longus long]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, "to put far away," from Anglo-Fr. purloigner "remove," from O.Fr. porloigner "put off, retard, delay," from por- (from L. pro- "forth") + O.Fr. loing "far," from L. longe, from longus (see long). Sense of "to steal" (1548) is a development in Eng.
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Actually it is an amazing plan whereby the thieves or robbers can enter houses and purloin valuables.
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