verb (used with object), thieved, thieving.
to take by theft; steal.
verb (used without object), thieved, thieving.
to act as a thief; commit theft; steal.

before 950; Old English thēofian, derivative of theōf thief (not recorded in ME)

thievingly, adverb
outthieve, verb (used with object), outthieved, outthieving. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
thieve (θiːv)
to steal (someone's possessions)
[Old English thēofian, from thēofthief]

thieving (ˈθiːvɪŋ)
given to stealing other people's possessions

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Word Origin & History

O.E. þeofian, from þeof (see thief). Rare in O.E., not common until 17c. Thievish "of or pertaining to thieves" is recorded from mid-15c.; meaning "inclined to steal" is from 1530s. Thieving first attested 1520s. Thievery is from 1560s.
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Example sentences
Such incidents are not so surprising in a lucrative trade marred by thieving,
  swindling and espionage.
Others want to keep their money safe from expropriation by fickle governments,
  and hidden from thieving criminals.
If we're talking some dictator who is thieving from his people, the problem has
  nothing to do with taxation.
When thieving managers become investors, they prefer stability to anarchy.
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