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v. stole (stōl), sto·len (stō′lən), steal·ing, steals
1. To take (the property of another) without right or permission.
2. To present or use (someone else's words or ideas) as one's own.
3. To get or take secretly or artfully: steal a look at a diary; steal the puck from an opponent.
4. To give or enjoy (a kiss) that is unexpected or unnoticed.
5. To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer: The magician's assistant stole the show with her comic antics.
6. Baseball To advance safely to (another base) during the delivery of a pitch, without the aid of a base hit, walk, passed ball, or wild pitch.
1. To steal another's property.
2. To move, happen, or elapse stealthily or unobtrusively: He stole away for a quiet moment. The deadline stole up on us.
3. Baseball To steal a base.
1. The act of stealing.
2. Slang A bargain.
3. Baseball A stolen base.
4. Basketball An act of gaining possession of the ball from an opponent.
steal (someone's) thunder
To use, appropriate, or preempt the use of another's idea, especially to one's own advantage and without consent by the originator.

[Middle English stelen, from Old English stelan.]

steal′er n.
Synonyms: steal, purloin, filch, pilfer, swipe, lift, pinch
These verbs mean to take another's property wrongfully, often surreptitiously. Steal is the most general: stole a car; steals research from colleagues. To purloin is to make off with something, often in a breach of trust: purloined the key to his cousin's safe-deposit box. Filch often suggests that what is stolen is of little value, while pilfer sometimes connotes theft of or in small quantities: filched towels from the hotel; pilfered fruit from the farmer. Swipe frequently connotes quick, furtive snatching or seizing: swiped a magazine from the rack. To lift is to take something surreptitiously and keep it for oneself: a pickpocket who lifts wallets on the subway. Pinch can apply loosely to any kind of stealing, but literally it means taking something by picking it up between the thumb and the fingers: pinched a dollar from the till.


a person who steals something
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stealer - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling itstealer - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
bandit, brigand - an armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band
shoplifter, lifter, booster - a thief who steals goods that are in a store
burglar - a thief who enters a building with intent to steal
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
dacoit, dakoit - a member of an armed gang of robbers
defalcator, embezzler, peculator - someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for his own use
body snatcher, ghoul, graverobber - someone who takes bodies from graves and sells them for anatomical dissection
graverobber - someone who steals valuables from graves or crypts
holdup man, stickup man - an armed thief
larcener, larcenist - a person who commits larceny
cutpurse, pickpocket, dip - a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places
literary pirate, pirate, plagiariser, plagiarist, plagiarizer - someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own
despoiler, freebooter, looter, pillager, plunderer, raider, spoiler - someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
robber - a thief who steals from someone by threatening violence
cattle thief, rustler - someone who steals livestock (especially cattle)
cracksman, safebreaker, safecracker - a thief who breaks open safes to steal valuable contents
snatcher - a thief who grabs and runs; "a purse snatcher"
pilferer, sneak thief, snitcher - a thief who steals without using violence


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He saw white-robed figures, and half-naked blacks; but not once did he see one who resembled the stealer of the gems.
'tis thou, rascal!" said he, "come here: so thou hast changed thy trade; thou art no longer a choir boy nor a tavern boy; thou hast become a horse stealer?"
Anecdotes of the Crow Indians.- Notorious Horse Stealers.- Some Account of Rose.- A Desperado of the Frontier.
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"Do I hate them!" exclaimed the recluse, " they are vampires, stealers of children!
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