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Meaning of THIEF

Pronunciation:  theef

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it

THIEF is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: stealer
 See Also: bandit, body snatcher, booster, brigand, burglar, cattle thief, cracksman, criminal, crook, cutpurse, dacoit, dakoit, defalcator, despoiler, dip, embezzler, felon, freebooter, ghoul, graverobber, holdup man, larcener, larcenist, lifter, literary pirate, looter, malefactor, outlaw, peculator, pickpocket, pilferer, pillager, pirate, plagiariser, plagiarist, plagiarizer, plunderer, raider, robber, rustler, safebreaker, safecracker, shoplifter, snatcher, sneak thief, snitcher, spoiler, stickup man



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Thief\ (th[=e]f), n.; pl. {Thieves} (th[=e]vz). [OE.
thef, theef, AS. [thorn]e['o]f; akin to OFries. thiaf, OS.
theof, thiof, D. dief, G. dieb, OHG. diob, Icel.
[thorn]j[=o]fr, Sw. tjuf, Dan. tyv, Goth. [thorn]iufs,
[thorn]iubs, and perhaps to Lith. tupeti to squat or crouch
down. Cf. {Theft}.]
1. One who steals; one who commits theft or larceny. See

         There came a privy thief, men clepeth death.

         Where thieves break through and steal. --Matt. vi.

2. A waster in the snuff of a candle. --Bp. Hall.

{Thief catcher}. Same as {Thief taker}.

{Thief leader}, one who leads or takes away a thief.

{Thief taker}, one whose business is to find and capture
   thieves and bring them to justice.

{Thief tube}, a tube for withdrawing a sample of a liquid
   from a cask.

{Thieves' vinegar}, a kind of aromatic vinegar for the sick
   room, taking its name from the story that thieves, by
   using it, were enabled to plunder, with impunity to
   health, in the great plague at London. [Eng.]

Syn: Robber; pilferer.

Usage: {Thief}, {Robber}. A thief takes our property by
       stealth; a robber attacks us openly, and strips us by
       main force.

             Take heed, have open eye, for thieves do foot by
             night.                            --Shak.

             Some roving robber calling to his fellows.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are a thief, suggests that you are afraid of losing what you already have. Perhaps you are feeling that you are undeserving of the things you already have. Alternatively, you may be overstepping your boundaries in some situation or relationship. Dreaming that you are a witness to a theft indicates that others are wasting and stealing your time, energy, and ideas.