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/