- Purloin is to steal.
When you steal your cousin's shoes, this is an example of a time when you purloin the shoes.
Origin of purloinMiddle English purlognen ; from Old French purloignier ; from pur- (L pro-), for + loin, far ; from Classical Latin longe, long
transitive verbpur·loined, pur·loin·ing, pur·loins
Origin of purloinMiddle English purloinen, to remove, from Anglo-Norman purloigner : pur-, away (from Latin prō-; see pro–1) + loign, far (from Latin longē, from longus, long; see del-1 in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present purloins, present participle purloining, simple past and past participle purloined)