Definition of thieving in English:



  • attributive Keen to steal; thievish.

    ‘securing the zip on my backpack against thieving fingers’
    ‘get lost, you thieving swine’
    • ‘There's no economic theory to explain it, other than the theory that the inhabitants are grasping thieving swine.’
    • ‘Everything we need to know about Leftists - that they are hate-filled, thieving, dangerous thugs.’
    • ‘He's no mate of mine the thieving git!’
    • ‘Thieving pensioners are a new social phenomenon, apparently.’
    • ‘The colonel begged me to accompany him to the guard-room, to see the thieving soldier flogged.’
    • ‘Some, especially in the provinces, unmasked bullying and thieving local officials who had been exploiting the people.’
    • ‘All in all, a different picture from Corwin's portrayal of the credible, kindly dad and the thieving, abusive mom.’
    • ‘An 1823 letter by John C. Calhoun was offered on eBay and led to the discovery of a thieving archivist.’
    • ‘I didn't want any thieving, shifty-eyed shepherds near our inn.’
    • ‘Those devious, thieving bastards were expecting Dan to pay 90,000 Rupees to be driven 500 kilometers.’
    • ‘I'll be sleeping with one eye open around every one of you sneaky puling horse thieving bastards.’
    • ‘But private property was not safe from his thieving hands.’
    • ‘Insults go with the territory, I have no problem with people calling me a thieving, parasite dog.’
    • ‘A 27-year-old heroin addict found himself in the grip of a police dog after going on a late-night thieving expedition.’
    • ‘I would like to shame the spineless, thieving moron who on April 5 stole my little girl's books from the toilets in Morrisons.’
    • ‘But I do fear in approving its publication you've probably made yourself Captain Nasty for generations of thieving welfarists.’
    • ‘Angela's public world and Ronnie's very private life collide with an assortment of thieving politicos, power-hungry businessmen, and ruthless clergy.’
    • ‘My Mother always talked about them and their nests as if a caravan of thieving gypsies had set up camp in the back yard.’
    • ‘Forget all that, forget any sort of reasonable discussion, let's just call them thieving scroungers again.’
    • ‘Police are also hunting a boy aged about 12 who ran off after the thieving monkey.’
    light-fingered, thievish, larcenous
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mass noun
  • The action of stealing; theft.

    ‘he supplemented his income with petty thieving’
    • ‘I fully expected a ho-hum exclusive concerning a tugged pigtail or some apple thieving.’
    • ‘The Boy remains behind and comments on the cowardice and petty thieving of his associates, whom he plans to leave.’
    • ‘We are not talking about spontaneous outbreaks of opportunitistic thieving.’
    • ‘To be caught thieving didn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘In these conditions, thieving from the state and 'beating the system' were the things to do to survive.’
    • ‘With her drinking and thieving, his mother proved a lifelong source of embarrassment.’
    • ‘I submit that what has been going on her isn't so much a disease as a moral failing, just as lying and thieving are moral failings.’
    • ‘It was David who told us you could go to jail for thieving from the age of 13 onwards.’
    • ‘He added that car crimes were more often occurring at night and cars were often stolen Thursday through to Saturday while thieving from cars was more general.’
    • ‘Thieving was fun; thieving from people Shan disliked was best of all.’
    • ‘Boosting is taking something that you haven't paid for - stealing, shoplifting, thieving, racking - hustling.’
    • ‘Those caught thieving something worth more than the price of a goat are sentenced to lose a hand.’
    • ‘She resolves to stop thieving on day.’
    • ‘Now that he was done with the thieving, he had to get down.’
    • ‘Proceeds from his thieving at shops in Lyneham and Wroughton had been used to buy his drugs, she said.’
    • ‘The movie is brimming with witchcraft and wizardry, temptation and all manner of nasty people killing, maiming and thieving.’
    • ‘A lot of them go out, do car-urging, car-snatches, you know, or some of them go out thieving.’
    • ‘One major crime is prostitution and the other is thieving.’
    • ‘In interviews across Baghdad, though, Iraqis said the widespread thieving affected them at least as powerfully on an emotional and moral level.’
    • ‘We want crime rates to drop and steps to be taken to convince young criminals that there is an alternative to thieving and breaking the law.’
    theft, stealing, thievery, robbery, larceny, pilfering, pilferage
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