noun (plural thieves /θiːvz/)
- A person who steals another person’s property, especially by stealth and without using force or threat of violence: thieves broke into a house on York Close car thieves the thief stole the drugs from a doctor’s surgeryMore example sentences
robber, burglar, housebreaker, cat burglar, shoplifter, pickpocket, sneak thief, mugger, larcenist, stealer, pilferer, poacher; embezzler, swindler; criminal, villain; kleptomaniac; raider, looter, plunderer, pillager, marauder; bandit, brigand, pirate, highwayman; Indian dacoitNorth American • informal yegg, second-story man/workerWest Indian • informal tiefBritish • rhyming slang tea leaf
- 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.