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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English theft, thefte, þefte, þefþe, þiefþe, Old English þīefþu, from Proto-West Germanic *þiubiþu, from Proto-Germanic *þiubiþō, from *þeubaz (thief), equivalent to thief +‎ -th or thieve +‎ -th. Cognate with Old Frisian thiuvethe, thiufthe (theft), dialectal Dutch diefte (theft), obsolete German Diebde (theft), Icelandic þýfð (theft).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /θɛft/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛft

NounEdit

theft (countable and uncountable, plural thefts)

  1. The act of stealing property.
    bike theft is on the rise
    A suspect was arrested for the theft of a gold necklace.

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NounEdit

theft

  1. Alternative form of thefte