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