Definition of thief in English:

thief

Syllabification: thief
Pronunciation: /THēf
 
/

noun (plural thieves /THēvz/)

A person who steals another person’s property, especially by stealth and without using force or violence.
More example sentences
  • They had accused her of stealing, saying she was a thief and was stealing their things.
  • A young mother was dragged to her knees by a would-be thief who tried to steal her handbag.
  • When she took the paper bag from the car the thief snatched it from her grasp and fled.
Synonyms
robber, burglar, housebreaker, cat burglar, rustler, shoplifter, pickpocket, purse snatcher, sneak thief, mugger; embezzler, swindler, plunderer; criminal, villain; kleptomaniac; bandit, bandito, pirate, highwayman
informal crook
literary brigand

Origin

Old English thīof, thēof, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dief and German Dieb, also to theft.

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