pil·fer /'pil-fər/ vi: to steal esp. in small amounts and often again and again
accused of pilfer ing from passenger luggage
vt: to steal or steal from esp. in small quantities
found pilfer ing goods from a store he was guarding
pil·fer·age /'pil-fə-rij/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb abscond with, appropriate illegally, bilk, commit larceny, convert, deprive illegally, embezzle, filch, furari, loot, make off with, misappropriate, pillage, poach, purloin, rob, seize, steal, surripere, take, thieve II index despoil, embezzle, hold up (rob), jostle (pickpocket), loot, peculate, poach, purloin, rob, steal

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • pilfer — pil‧fer [ˈpɪlfə ǁ ər] verb [transitive] to steal small amounts of things, or things that are not worth much, especially from an office, factory etc: • An employee has been charged with pilfering a set of automobile wheels. pilfering noun… …   Financial and business terms

  • pilfer — (v.) 1540s, from pilfer (n.), c.1400, from O.Fr. pelfre booty, spoils (11c.), of unknown origin, possibly related to PELF (Cf. pelf). Related: Pilfered; pilfering …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pilfer — Pil fer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pilfered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pilfering}.] [OF. pelfrer. See {Pelf}.] To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practice petty theft. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pilfer — Pil fer, v. t. To take by petty theft; to filch; to steal little by little. [1913 Webster] And not a year but pilfers as he goes Some youthful grace that age would gladly keep. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pilfer — *steal, filch, purloin, lift, pinch, snitch, swipe, cop Analogous words: seize, *take, grasp, grab, snatch: *catch, capture: *rob, rifle, loot, plunder …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pilfer — meaning ‘to steal (something trivial)’, has inflected forms pilfered, pilfering …   Modern English usage

  • pilfer — [v] steal, embezzle annex, appropriate, borrow, cop*, crib*, filch*, liberate*, lift*, moonlight*, palm*, pinch*, pluck*, purloin, requisition, rip off*, rob, scrounge, snare, snatch, swipe, take, thieve, walk off with*; concepts 139,142,192 Ant …   New thesaurus

  • pilfer — ► VERB ▪ steal (things of little value). DERIVATIVES pilferage noun. ORIGIN Old French pelfrer to pillage …   English terms dictionary

  • pilfer — [pil′fər] vt., vi. [< MFr pelfrer < pelfre, booty] to steal (esp. small sums or petty objects); filch pilferer n …   English World dictionary

  • pilfer — UK [ˈpɪlfə(r)] / US [ˈpɪlfər] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms pilfer : present tense I/you/we/they pilfer he/she/it pilfers present participle pilfering past tense pilfered past participle pilfered to steal things, especially from the… …   English dictionary

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