Definition of purloin in English:

purloin

Syllabification: pur·loin
Pronunciation: /pərˈloin
 
/

verb

[with object]
Steal (something): he must have managed to purloin a copy of the key
More example sentences
  • Their images are purloined, confiscated, appropriated, stolen.
  • Were old trees being purloined, appropriated wrongfully, when they were sectioned by scientists?
  • Bits of our constitution were actually purloined from the United States Constitution.
Synonyms
steal, thieve, rob, take, snatch, pilfer, loot, appropriate
informal swipe, nab, rip off, lift, “liberate”, “borrow”, filch, snaffle, pinch, heist

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'put at a distance'): from Anglo-Norman French purloigner 'put away', from pur- 'forth' + loign 'far'.

Derivatives

purloiner

noun
More example sentences
  • I have to out myself as a purloiner of office supplies, a loafer, a personal phone call maker.

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