From Middle English theft, thefte, þefte, þefþe, þiefþe, from Old English þīfþ, þȳfþ, þēoft, earlier þīefþ, þēofþ (“act of thieving; theft”), from Proto-Germanic *þiubiþō, from *þeubaz (“thief”), equivalent to thief + -th or thieve + -th. Cognate with Old Frisian thiuvethe, thiufthe (“theft”), Old Norse þýfð, þýft, and (obsolete) Dutch diefte.
- The act of stealing property.
- See Thesaurus:theft
- Theft, stealing, robbery (in general or as an individual instance)
- Financial fraud; the acquiring of financial goods maliciously.
- Some act viewed negatively compared or equated to theft.
- Stolen or illegally acquired goods or possessions.
- (rare) An alleged instance of robbery.