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thievish

[thee-vish] /ˈθi vɪʃ/
adjective
1.
given to thieving.
2.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a thief; stealthy:
a furtive, thievish look.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English thevisch; see thief, -ish1
Related forms
thievishly, adverb
thievishness, noun
unthievish, adjective
unthievishly, adverb
unthievishness, noun
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  • He found that fees were thievish ly drawn for jurors that had not served.
Word Origin and History for thievish
adj.

mid-15c., "of or pertaining to thieves," from thieve + -ish. Meaning "inclined to steal" is from 1530s. Related: Thievishly; thievishness.

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