Origin of pilferfrom Middle French pelfrer from pelfre, booty
An example of pilfer is stealing a candy bar from a convenience store.
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.
- Why not pilfer a can to make something interesting and tasty for dinner.
- You probably know about some of the malicious attacks that occur or the techniques used to pilfer personal data or gather information about your computer.
- This occurs is different ways, but they all achieve the same result: an attempt to pilfer your credit card number.