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Definitions of thief

  1. a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. One who steals; one who commits theft or larceny. See Theft. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A waster in the snuff of a candle. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. One who steals or robs by stealth. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. (pl. THIEVES), Aperson who steals or is guilty of theft; one who takes the goods or personal property of another without the owner's knowledge or consent; esp. one who deprives another of property secretly or without open force-as opposed to a robber, who openly uses violence: a term of reproach; applied esp. to a person guilty of cunning, deceitful, or secret actions; an evil-doer; "Angelo is an adulterous thief."-Shak.: an excrescence or waster in the snuff of a candle; "Where you see a thief in the candle, call presently for an extinguisher."-Bp. Hall. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. One who steals. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. A person guilty of theft; one who secretly and feloniously takes the goods of another; an excrescence or waster in the snuff of a candle. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. One who takes away the property of another privately without leave, or by violence; one who steals. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. th[=e]f, n. one who steals or takes unlawfully what is not his own.--ns. THIEF'-CATCH'ER, -T[=A]'KER, one whose business is to detect thieves and bring them to justice: a detective. [A.S. theóf; Ice. thjóf-r, Ger. dieb.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. (pl. -ves). One who steals esp. secretly& without violence, whence thievery (4), theivishness, nn., thievish a., thievishly adv.; projection in wick of candle causing it to gutter; thieves LATIN. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  11. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic, Gothic] One who secretly, unlawfully, and feloniously takes the goods or personal property of another;-an excrescence or waster in the snuff of a candle. Cabinet Dictionary

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