Definition of purloin in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəːˈlɔɪn/


[with object] formal or humorous
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.



Pronunciation: /pəːˈlɔɪnə/
Example sentences
  • I have to out myself as a purloiner of office supplies, a loafer, a personal phone call maker.


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

Words that rhyme with purloin

adjoin, Boulogne, coign, coin, conjoin, Des Moines, Dordogne, enjoin, groin, groyne, join, loin, quoin, subjoin

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Line breaks: pur|loin

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