Definition of pilfer in English:

pilfer

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Steal (things of little value):

    ‘she produced the handful of coins she had managed to pilfer’
    ‘no system is proof against pilfering if people are determined enough’

Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘action of pilfering, something pilfered’): from Old French pelfrer to pillage, of unknown origin. Compare with pelf.

Pronunciation

pilfer

/ˈpɪlfə/