Purloin definition

pər-loin, pûrloin
To steal; filch.
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To steal, especially in a stealthy way.
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To take the property of another, often in breach of trust; to appropriate wrongfully; to steal.
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Purloin is to steal.

When you steal your cousin's shoes, this is an example of a time when you purloin the shoes.

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(intransitive) To commit theft; to thieve.
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Origin of purloin

  • Middle English purloinen to remove from Anglo-Norman purloigner pur- away (from Latin prō- pro–1) loign far (from Latin longē) (from longus long del-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman purloigner, one of the variants of Old French porloigner.

    From Wiktionary