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thief

[theef]
noun, plural thieves.
a person who steals, especially secretly or without open force; one guilty of theft or larceny.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English thēof; cognate with Dutch dief, German Dieb, Old Norse thjōfr, Gothic thiufs

underthief, noun, plural underthieves.

burglar, mugger, robber, thief (see synonym study at the current entry).


burglar, pickpocket, highwayman. Thief, robber refer to one who steals. A thief takes the goods or property of another by stealth without the latter's knowledge: like a thief in the night. A robber trespasses upon the house, property, or person of another, and makes away with things of value, even at the cost of violence: A robber held up two women on the street.
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thief (θiːf)
 
n , pl thieves
1.  a person who steals something from another
2.  criminal law a person who commits theft
 
[Old English thēof; related to Old Frisian thiāf, Old Saxon thiof, Old High German diob, Old Norse thjōfr, Gothic thiufs]
 
'thievish
 
adj
 
'thievishly
 
adv
 
'thievishness
 
n

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thief
O.E. þeof, from P.Gmc. *theubaz (cf. O.Fris. thiaf, O.S. thiof, M.Du. dief, O.H.G. diob, Ger. dieb, O.N. þiofr, Goth. þiufs), probably from PIE *teup- (cf. Lith. tupeti "to crouch down").
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