verb (used with object), thieved, thiev·ing.
- to take by theft; steal.
verb (used without object), thieved, thiev·ing.
- to act as a thief; commit theft; steal.
- given to stealing other people’s possessions
- to steal (someone’s possessions)
v.Old English þeofian, from þeof (see thief). Rare in Old English, not common until 17c. Thieving first attested 1520s.