English

Definition of pilfer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pilfer

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpɪlfə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlfər//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pilfer
BrE BrE//ˈpɪlfə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlfər//
 
he / she / it pilfers
BrE BrE//ˈpɪlfəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlfərz//
 
past simple pilfered
BrE BrE//ˈpɪlfəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlfərd//
 
past participle pilfered
BrE BrE//ˈpɪlfəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlfərd//
 
-ing form pilfering
BrE BrE//ˈpɪlfərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlfərɪŋ//
 
Committing crime
 
jump to other results
to steal things of little value or in small quantities, especially from the place where you work pilfer (from somebody/something) He was caught pilfering. pilfer something (from somebody/something) She regularly pilfered stamps from work. See related entries: Committing crime Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘action of pilfering, something pilfered’): from Old French pelfrer ‘to pillage’, of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pilfer