Thief definition

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A person who steals, esp. secretly; one guilty of theft, or larceny.
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One who commits the act or crime of theft.
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One who has carried out a theft.
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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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
thief
Plural:
thieves

Origin of thief

  • Middle English from Old English thēof

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

  • From Old English þēof, from Proto-Germanic *þeubaz.

    From Wiktionary