pilfer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pilfer make off with belongings of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: James J. Ritty, owner of a tavern in Dayton, Ohio, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop his patrons from pilfering house profits.
    • v. i Pilfer To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practice petty theft.
    • v. t Pilfer To take by petty theft; to filch; to steal little by little. "And not a year but pilfers as he goes
      Some youthful grace that age would gladly keep."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pilfer To steal in small quantities; practise petty theft.
    • pilfer To steal or gain by petty theft; filch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Pilfer pil′fėr to steal small things
    • v.t Pilfer to steal by petty theft
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. pelfrer,. See Pelf

Usage

In literature:

To stop their pilfering, Davis was compelled to fire off a cannon among them, whereat the savages made off in wild terror.
"Adventurers of the Far North" by Stephen Leacock
Practically, however, the Romans suffered from a peculiar kind of water pilfering.
"The Galaxy" by Various
For the pilfered people, however, the matter could be righted, and Driscoll felt his vague wrath as one with theirs.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Then see here, my Fritz, this box of clothing has been pilfered.
"With Joffre at Verdun" by F. S. Brereton
On others there is pilfering, or worse.
"The Hate Disease" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
And they bring whatever fuel they can find, often pilfered from railway yards.
"Expediter" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
I picked up one of the shoes that we had pilfered from Thorneycroft's room, and turned it over in my hands.
"The Adventures of the Eleven Cuff-Buttons" by James Francis Thierry
These circumstances which are the general cause of the little thefts and pilferings that lead to greater, may be prevented.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Hugo pilfered, lied, cringed, stormed, in turn, like a veritable savage.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
It accused Wren's head workmen of pilfering timber and cracking the bells.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
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In poetry:

Deck your dull talk with pilfered shreds
Of learning from a nobler time,
And oil each other's little heads
With mutual Flattery's golden slime:
"Fame's Penny-Trumpet" by Lewis Carroll
"A weary man," said Will Scarlet, "am I;
For unless I pilfer this wood
To sell to the fletchers, for want I shall die
Here in this forest so good.
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
I saw the tempting food, and seized -
My infant-sufferer found relief;
And in the pilfer'd treasure pleased,
Smiled on my guilt, and hush'd my grief.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
Dark was it then in heaven, but light below;
For there the demon wandered to and fro,
Tilting aloft upon a slender pole
The orb of day—the pilfering old soul.
"A Servian Legend" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
My hands from pilfering I must restrain,
And must not in the paths of robbers tread,
From all deceit and wrong I must refrain,
And rather labour for my daily bread:
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
The Porter sits down on the weight which he bore;
The Lass with her barrow wheels hither her store;--
If a thief could be here he might pilfer at ease;
She sees the Musician, 'tis all that she sees!
"Power Of Music" by William Wordsworth

In news:

The story behind Demetrius Hartsfield's pilfered sack dance.
Man pilfers ill woman's account.
Somebody has pilfered the gas cap off the town's fictional heroine's pickup.
Rec and Parks Employee Arrested for Pilfering 800 Gallons from the City.
But in the case of a recently pilfered.
In New York, the elegant Waldorf-Astoria experienced a blast from the past this week when a man returned one of the hotel's silver-trimmed teapots , pilfered back in the 1930s.
On the heels of an early end to federal probation, former Clerk of Court Elizabeth Smith is requesting termination of her state term for pilfering county money about 10 months ahead of eligibility.
Feds recover pilfered antique Mormon tome .
Pair allegedly pilfers 200+ pounds of x-ray film from Va. Sign in or register with your favorite social identity.
Peter Hoekstra says the Pentagon should never have created a system which allowed so much information to be stored in one place and then pilfered.
It's rarer still when a visitor pilfers those remains.
Ham earned the title and Pete pilfered it.
Is the cardinal rule of cheating , as if the love life you've built together is a game of Monopoly and he's been pilfering that tiny, fake money.
How is a published state secret like a pilfered painting.
Pilfered pants prompt high-speed pursuit.
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