Definition of theif
1. thief [ n ] a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling itUsed in print:
(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)
But while the two men are riding into the country , where they are going to dinner , they are attacked in the dark of the forest by a band of thieves , who strip them of everything , including most of their clothes .
(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)
Before them stalked the beadle , proclaiming as he went , `` Thus the Council deals with those who break its laws - adulterers , thieves , murderers , and lewd persons .
Dice rolled , prostitutes plied their trade , thieves stole , murderers stabbed , and the ungodly blasphemed .
(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)
The collective by which I address you in the title above is neither patronizing nor jocose but an exact industrial term in_use among professional thieves .Synonyms thief stealer Related Terms criminal mugger graverobber rustler bandit plagiarist burglar plunderer safebreaker poacher holdup_man graverobber sneak_thief kleptomaniac dacoit booster pickpocket snatcher embezzler usurper larcenist steal
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