pilfer

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From Middle English pilfre (booty), from Old French pelfre (plunder, booty, spoils), of unknown origin. Possibly related to pelf.

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pilfer (third-person singular simple present pilfers, present participle pilfering, simple past and past participle pilfered)

  1. To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practise petty theft.

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