An example of pilfer is stealing a candy bar from a convenience store.
Origin of pilferfrom Middle French pelfrer from pelfre, booty
verbpil·fered, pil·fer·ing, pil·fers
Origin of pilferFrom Middle English pilfre booty, spoils from Old French pelfre probably akin to felpe, frepe old clothes ; see frippery .
(third-person singular simple present pilfers, present participle pilfering, simple past and past participle pilfered)
- To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practise petty theft.
From Middle English pilfre (“booty"), from Old French pelfre (“plunder, booty, spoils"), of unknown origin. Possibly related to pelf.