Definitions for: Thief

[n] a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it

Webster (1913) Definition: Thief (th[=e]f), n.; pl. Thieves (th[=e]vz). [OE.
thef, theef, AS. [thorn]e['o]f; akin to OFries. thiaf, OS.
theof, thiof, D. dief, G. dieb, OHG. diob, Icel.
[thorn]j[=o]fr, Sw. tjuf, Dan. tyv, Goth. [thorn]iufs,
[thorn]iubs, and perhaps to Lith. tupeti to squat or crouch
down. Cf. Theft.]
1. One who steals; one who commits theft or larceny. See

There came a privy thief, men clepeth death.

Where thieves break through and steal. --Matt. vi.

2. A waster in the snuff of a candle. --Bp. Hall.

Thief catcher. Same as Thief taker.

Thief leader, one who leads or takes away a thief.

Thief taker, one whose business is to find and capture
thieves and bring them to justice.

Thief tube, a tube for withdrawing a sample of a liquid
from a cask.

Thieves' vinegar, a kind of aromatic vinegar for the sick
room, taking its name from the story that thieves, by
using it, were enabled to plunder, with impunity to
health, in the great plague at London. [Eng.]

Syn: Robber; pilferer.

Usage: Thief, Robber. A thief takes our property by
stealth; a robber attacks us openly, and strips us by
main force.

Take heed, have open eye, for thieves do foot by
night. --Shak.

Some roving robber calling to his fellows.

Synonyms: stealer

See Also: bandit, body snatcher, booster, brigand, burglar, cattle thief, cracksman, criminal, crook, cutpurse, dacoit, dakoit, defalcator, despoiler, dip, embezzler, felon, freebooter, ghoul, graverobber, holdup man, larcener, larcenist, lifter, literary pirate, looter, malefactor, outlaw, peculator, pickpocket, pilferer, pillager, pirate, plagiariser, plagiarist, plagiarizer, plunderer, raider, robber, rustler, safebreaker, safecracker, shoplifter, snatcher, sneak thief, snitcher, spoiler, stickup man

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