pilfer


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pil·fer

 (pĭl′fər)
v. pil·fered, pil·fer·ing, pil·fers
v.tr.
To steal (a small amount or item). See Synonyms at steal.
v.intr.
To steal or filch.

[From Middle English pilfre, booty, spoils, from Old French pelfre; probably akin to felpe, frepe, old clothes; see frippery.]

pil′fer·age (-ĭj) n.
pil′fer·er n.

pilfer

(ˈpɪlfə)
vb
to steal (minor items), esp in small quantities
[C14 pylfre (n) from Old French pelfre booty; see pelf]
ˈpilferer n
ˈpilfering n

pil•fer

(ˈpɪl fər)

v.i., v.t.
to steal, esp. in small quantities.
[1540–50; v. use of late Middle English pilfre booty < Middle French pelfre. See pelf]
pil′fer•age (-ɪdʒ) n.
pil′fer•er, n.

pilfer

- Originally, pilfering was a serious matter, synonymous with plundering, but it came to mean "stealing small things"; its source was Anglo-Norman pelfrer, "plunder, rob."
See also related terms for rob.

pilfer


Past participle: pilfered
Gerund: pilfering

Imperative
pilfer
pilfer
Present
I pilfer
you pilfer
he/she/it pilfers
we pilfer
you pilfer
they pilfer
Preterite
I pilfered
you pilfered
he/she/it pilfered
we pilfered
you pilfered
they pilfered
Present Continuous
I am pilfering
you are pilfering
he/she/it is pilfering
we are pilfering
you are pilfering
they are pilfering
Present Perfect
I have pilfered
you have pilfered
he/she/it has pilfered
we have pilfered
you have pilfered
they have pilfered
Past Continuous
I was pilfering
you were pilfering
he/she/it was pilfering
we were pilfering
you were pilfering
they were pilfering
Past Perfect
I had pilfered
you had pilfered
he/she/it had pilfered
we had pilfered
you had pilfered
they had pilfered
Future
I will pilfer
you will pilfer
he/she/it will pilfer
we will pilfer
you will pilfer
they will pilfer
Future Perfect
I will have pilfered
you will have pilfered
he/she/it will have pilfered
we will have pilfered
you will have pilfered
they will have pilfered
Future Continuous
I will be pilfering
you will be pilfering
he/she/it will be pilfering
we will be pilfering
you will be pilfering
they will be pilfering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pilfering
you have been pilfering
he/she/it has been pilfering
we have been pilfering
you have been pilfering
they have been pilfering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pilfering
you will have been pilfering
he/she/it will have been pilfering
we will have been pilfering
you will have been pilfering
they will have been pilfering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pilfering
you had been pilfering
he/she/it had been pilfering
we had been pilfering
you had been pilfering
they had been pilfering
Conditional
I would pilfer
you would pilfer
he/she/it would pilfer
we would pilfer
you would pilfer
they would pilfer
Past Conditional
I would have pilfered
you would have pilfered
he/she/it would have pilfered
we would have pilfered
you would have pilfered
they would have pilfered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pilfer - make off with belongings of otherspilfer - make off with belongings of others  
steal - take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"

pilfer

verb steal, take, rob, lift (informal), nick (slang, chiefly Brit.), appropriate, trouser (slang), rifle, pinch (informal), swipe (slang), knock off (slang), embezzle, blag (slang), walk off with, snitch (slang), purloin, filch, snaffle (Brit. informal), thieve Staff were pilfering cash from the bar.

pilfer

verb
To take (another's property) without permission:
Informal: lift, swipe.
Translations
يَسْرِق أشْياء زهيدَه
krást
huggesmåstjæle
hnupla
vagišiusvogimasvoginėjimasvoginėtivogti
čieptzagt
araklamakaşırmak

pilfer

[ˈpɪlfəʳ]
A. VTratear, hurtar, robar; (esp by servant) → robar, sisar (Sp)
B. VIratear, robar cosas

pilfer

[ˈpɪlfər]
vtchaparder
vichaparder

pilfer

vtstehlen, klauen (inf); a lot of pilfering goes on in the officeim Büro wird viel geklaut (inf)
vistehlen, klauen (inf)

pilfer

[ˈpɪlfəʳ]
1. vtrubacchiare
2. vifare dei furtarelli

pilfer

(ˈpilfə) verb
to steal (small things). He pilfered enough pieces of wood from the factory to make a chair.
ˈpilferage noun
ˈpilferer noun
References in classic literature ?
She would get along, surely; there were many kitchens where the servants would share their meals with her, and also steal sugar and apples and other dainties for her to carry home--or give her a chance to pilfer them herself, which would answer just as well.
Don't be surprised at that," returned the musician; "for with the callow poets of our day the way is for every one to write as he pleases and pilfer where he chooses, whether it be germane to the matter or not, and now-a-days there is no piece of silliness they can sing or write that is not set down to poetic licence.
A rather fat soldier attempted to pilfer a horse from a dooryard.
The army of the Persians, in the plains of Arbela, was such a vast sea of people, as it did somewhat astonish the commanders in Alexander's army; who came to him therefore, and wished him to set upon them by night; and he answered, He would not pilfer the victory.
They were dreadful beings, indeed, and longed to get to Oz that they might begin to pilfer and destroy.
IRISH band Rockhouse Pilfer were chosen to perform with Tom Jones on two tracks on his new album.
Tenders are invited for Supply Of 300000 Nos Single Phase Two Wire Electronic Energy Meter 10 To 60 Amp Along With Pilfer Proof Box And Seals And 100000 Nos Single Phase Pilfer Proof Meter Box
MP Priti Patel rang the office of Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael yesterday after her office staff tried to pilfer the booze from the Scotch Whisky Association party at Dover House in London.
The criminals managed to pilfer one tanker and dispose it of in around five to six days and charged ` 4 lakh per tanker.