• WordNet 3.6
    • n pilferer a thief who steals without using violence
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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.
    • n Pilferer One who pilfers; a petty thief.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pilferer One who pilfers or practises petty theft.
    • n pilferer Synonyms Thief, etc. See robber.
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In literature:

Stealing and pilfering is carried on extensively all over the city.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
Long ago he had taken to covering every apple and sugar barrel with wire screens to prevent pilfering.
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
The women make baskets, beg, pilfer, or sift and grind corn.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
Is it to secure the owners against pilfering from their unfenced vineyards?
"The Grey Woman and other Tales" by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
In that far-off time a boy was praised for exhibiting skill and dexterity in pilfering.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
It is covered with a wooden grating so constructed as to prevent pilfering hands afterward removing the coin.
"Child-Life in Japan and Japanese Child Stories" by Mrs. M. Chaplin Ayrton
Leave till then To Rome her Idol fanes and pilfered Gods.
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
I felt insulted, and never after did I pilfer a wafer.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
In autumn they cover the fields, animated and active, pilfering as the furrow is hollowed out.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
He took to pilfering and stealing.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude

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:

If you could pilfer one NFL player for the Redskins this Sunday, who would it be.
Purse thief gets jail time for pilfering .
Main Street grants, "so-called Christians," picnic table pilfering .
Scratchy vanity 45s, pilfered field recordings, muddy off-the-radio sounds, homemade congregational tapes and vintage commercial gospel throw-downs.
Pilfered Tide Detergent a New Currency.
How is a published state secret like a pilfered painting.
A Dacula man suspected in three gas station burglaries within hours of each other Friday apparently neglected to pilfer the businesses of their primary resource.
Pilfered pants prompt high-speed pursuit.
The federal government lost $1.9 million last year in pilfered property, including vehicles, laptops, smart phones, cameras, furniture and even several dozen military weapons.
550 Life-Size David Hasselhoff Ads Pilfered.
Protect your luggage from being pilfered.
Potty-room pilfering: Auto flushers stolen in Ohio .
And I'm not talking about pilfering a pencil or two or a ream of paper here and there.
Still, rounding pennies invokes visions of elaborate penny -pilfering schemes hatched in movies like "Office Space" and "Super Man 3" – not a good look, from a public-relations perspective.
Plowman, Getty ImagesPolice in Malaysia have busted up a ring of condom thieves, recovering roughly 700,000 pilfered rubbers.