- Purloin is to steal.
When you steal your cousin's shoes, this is an example of a time when you purloin the shoes.
purloin definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English purlognen ; from Old French purloignier ; from pur- (L pro-), for plush loin, far ; from Classical Latin longe, long
purloin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb pur·loined, pur·loin·ing, pur·loins verb, transitive
Origin: Middle 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).
- pur·loinˈer noun