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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thief, stealernoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. thiefnoun

    One who has carried out a theft

  2. Etymology: From þeof, from þeubaz.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. THIEFnoun

    Etymology: thiubs, Gothick; ðeif , Saxon; dief, Dutch.

    Take heed, have open eye; for thieves do foot by night. William Shakespeare.

    This he said because he was a thief, and had the bag. John.

    Can you think I owe a thief my life,
    Because he took it not by lawless force?
    Am I obliged by that t’ assist his rapines,
    And to maintain his murders? Dryden.

    Their burning lamps the storm ensuing show,
    Th’ oil sparkles, thieves about the snuff do grow. May.

Wikipedia

  1. thief

    Theft is the act of taking another person's property or services without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. The word theft is also used as a synonym or informal shorthand term for some crimes against property, such as larceny, robbery, embezzlement, extortion, blackmail, or receiving stolen property. In some jurisdictions, theft is considered to be synonymous with larceny, while in others, theft is defined more narrowly. Someone who carries out an act of theft may be described as a "thief" (PL: thieves).Theft is the name of a statutory offence in California, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Australian states of South Australia and Victoria.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thiefnoun

    one who steals; one who commits theft or larceny. See Theft

  2. Thiefnoun

    a waster in the snuff of a candle

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thief

    thēf, n. one who steals or takes unlawfully what is not his own.—ns. Thief′-catch′er, -tā′ker, one whose business is to detect thieves and bring them to justice: a detective. [A.S. theóf; Ice. thjóf-r, Ger. dieb.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thief' in Nouns Frequency: #2074

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thief in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of thief in a Sentence

  1. Maria Casierra:

    He was scared, because someone had been telling him they would kill him, they would chop him into pieces. And not just him, the inmates were telling the families this was going to happen. He was a thief, I'm not going to lie, but he was not a killer, and now he's dead.

  2. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    **(c)(p) I COULD NEVER BOAST THE ABUNDANCE OF WEALTH BECAUSE I HELP THOSE IN THE POVERTY FROM WHICH I GREW WITH THE LITTLE RESOURCES WHICH I WORKED FOR. I DO NOT NEED THE SPOTLIGHT TO SHOW WHAT I SHARE. THOSE WHO ASKED BOB MARLEY ABOUT MONEY GOT ONE STRAIGHT ANSWER-WHAT IS MONEY TO YOU?. HE TURNED THE QUESTION BACK AT THEM. I TAUGHT HIM THAT IN TRENCH TOWN.WE NEVER STOLE FROM ANYONE! POVERTY DOES NOT TURN YOU INTO A THIEF! GREED AND ENVY DOES THAT! I AM RAS CARDO.

  3. Seller Nick Fisher:

    THE BEST STEERING LOCK EVER - GUARANTEED TO PUT ANY CAR THIEF OFF NICKING YOUR CAR !

  4. Getty Images:

    A non-violent thief who can post $3,000 bail is no more threatening than one who can't, the money is irrelevant; being poor doesn't make a defendant inherently more dangerous. But as practiced, NY’s legal system has long operated as if poverty equals danger.

  5. Jorge Montaño:

    They're killing those of us in the street to steal our bike because there are no bikes or spare parts, well-dressed women participate in the scam. They ask for a taxi ride, and when you arrive there is a thief waiting to rob you. Sometimes our companions don't want to hand over the motorcycle and they shoot them in the legs or they kill them.

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