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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 ?
But the broadest merriment was excited by a group of figures ridiculously dressed in old regimentals, which seemed to have been purchased at a military rag fair, or pilfered from some receptacle of the cast-off clothes of both the French and British armies.
A gold watch, pilfered from the poor baron, is still in existence, and still marks each moment of time without complaining of weariness, although its hands have been in motion ever since the hour of battle.
The same evening the unfortunate Potapitch related the story to me with tears complaining that the two men had filled their pockets with money (he himself had seen them do it) which had been shamelesslly pilfered from his mistress.
Tarzan raised aloft the thing he had pilfered from the hut, and, with aim made true by years of fruit and coconut throwing, launched it toward the group of savages.
Later, when they discovered the overturned cauldron, and that once more their arrows had been pilfered, it commenced to dawn upon them that they had offended some great god by placing their village in this part of the jungle without propitiating him.
It was nothing less than robbery, he concluded - a cold-blooded steal; while he starved, he was pilfered of his merchandise, of his goods, the sale of which was the sole way of getting bread to eat.
22 billion gas is pilfered in KPK and Punjab provinces.
com, the flick revolves around a Jewish WWII survivor, Maria Altmann, who fought the Austrian government to get back few paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family.
It has been learnt that the gas and electricity is being pilfered at a large scale in different parts of the province.
She was returning them as part of a new Waldorf "amnesty programme" that seeks pilfered hotel property, no questions asked.
THE Delhi Police have arrested five interstate criminals who allegedly pilfered crude oil from pipelines of different oil companies.
THIEVES pilfered pot plants, flowers, hanging baskets and trees from one in five gardens over the last year.