klepto-

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Representing a combining form of Ancient Greek κλέπτης (kléptēs, thief), κλέπτω (kléptō, steal), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)klep- (to steal). Cognate with Gothic 𐌷𐌻𐌹𐍆𐌰𐌽 (hlifan, to steal), Gothic 𐌷𐌻𐌹𐍆𐍄𐌿𐍃 (hliftus, thief).

Prefix[edit]

klepto-

  1. Forming compound words having the sense of "theft", "thief", "stealing".