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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 ?
Here, Simon, put these pilferers out, shove 'em into the road, out with 'em
When we came on shore, the old pilot, who was now our friend, got us a lodging, together with a warehouse for our goods; it was a little hut, with a larger house adjoining to it, built and also palisadoed round with canes, to keep out pilferers, of which there were not a few in that country: however, the magistrates allowed us a little guard, and we had a soldier with a kind of half-pike, who stood sentinel at our door, to whom we allowed a pint of rice and a piece of money about the value of three-pence per day, so that our goods were kept very safe.
In the midst of them, the hangman, ever busy and ever worse than useless, was in constant requisition; now, stringing up long rows of miscellaneous criminals; now, hanging a housebreaker on Saturday who had been taken on Tuesday; now, burning people in the hand at Newgate by the dozen, and now burning pamphlets at the door of Westminster Hall; to-day, taking the life of an atrocious murderer, and to-morrow of a wretched pilferer who had robbed a farmer's boy of sixpence.
But according to Politis, which broke the story, most of the pilferers were not wise to the fact they were being filmed--despite a clear sign warning that the premises were being monitored by a CCTV system.
You can expect Andy Goode to kick deep into enemy territory in search of the touchline and then for the English jumpers to apply the pressure to the Welsh throw, with London Irish's Nick Kennedy one of the top pilferers in the Guinness Premiership.
I certainly won't bemoan the passing of Pilferers plc, nor the Austin Allegro, the three-day week, New Labour or other failed British 'institutions'.
Roads, church and school roofs and industrial estates have all been plagued by pilferers.
Plug this foam dart firing machine into the USB port of your PC and prepare to repel pilferers of pens and rubber robbers.
But Sharon said her family's Christmas was not ruined by the pilferers.
The pilferers brushed off the warning and proceeded to remove the loot they came for: the security system
The pilferers were more likely to rehide their food in private.
Implying that Conceptual art is a European/US phenomenon of British birth (forget South America, Asia, and the rest) and that American artists are Yankee pilferers with no ideas of their own, her essay is an opinion piece at best; it has no place in a catalogue with scholarly pretensions.