A thief steals a woman's wallet.
The definition of a thief is a person who takes something without permission or without the owner knowing.
An example of a thief is someone who steals wallets out of back pockets.
a person who steals, esp. secretly; one guilty of theft, or larceny
Origin of thiefMiddle English from Old English theof, thiof, akin to German dieb from Indo-European base an unverified form teup-, to cower, lurk
One who commits the act or crime of theft.
Origin of thiefMiddle English from Old English thēof
- One who has carried out a theft.
- thief in law
From Old English Ã¾Ä“of, from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾eubaz.