Dictionary » T » Thief

Thief

thief

Origin: OE. Thef, theef, AS. Eof; akin to OFries. Thiaf, OS. Theof, thiof, D. Dief, G. Dieb, OHG. Diob, Icel. Jofr, Sw. Tjuf, Dan. Tyv, Goth. Iufs, iubs, and perhaps to Lith. Tupeti to squat or crouch down. Cf. Theft.

1. One who steals; one who commits theft or larceny. See Theft. There came a privy thief, men clepeth death. (Chaucer) Where thieves break through and steal. (Matt. Vi. 19)

2. A waster in the snuff of a candle. 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.

Synonym: robber, pilferer.

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. (milton)


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



Results from our forum


Irrefutable Facts Against Evolution

... yet, they just don't want Yahweh, so they resort to embracing the aliens..... The bible talks about this as the great deception. John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Jeremiah ...

See entire post
by Meranda
Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:49 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Irrefutable Facts Against Evolution
Replies: 52
Views: 57141

Artificial Life Created

... human corruption will also make complete catastrophe much more likely than if nature were acting alone. In some ways it's like letting a known thief into an unlocked bank vault after dark, and then expecting him to act responsibly. My point is that discovery should never be undertaken purely ...

See entire post
by alextemplet
Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:14 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Artificial Life Created
Replies: 53
Views: 24767

The Fiber Disease

... God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I come upon thee. Skytroll~you asked earlier who comes in the rapture? REV 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in ...

See entire post
by Deena
Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
Replies: 7403
Views: 5479054

The Fiber Disease

... or two From the bag in between, Which she tried to ignore To avoid a scene. So she munched the cookies And watched the clock, As the gutsy cookie thief Diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated As the minutes ticked by, Thinking, "If I wasn't so nice, I would blacken his eye." ...

See entire post
by Linn
Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
Replies: 7403
Views: 5479054


This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 2,245 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link