Definition of tief in English:



[with object]West Indian
  • Steal (something)

    ‘people bound to tief young calf’
    no object ‘‘Look, if yer rob, or tief, or kill, or do notting bad, wat yer run for?’’
    • ‘Workers or other Cubans who tief from the tourists, or assault tourists meet their end quickly against a brick wall with a firing squad.’
    • ‘This woman two seats over was trying to tief the seat next to.’
    • ‘‘Last year they made me cry, because they tief everything I cultivated’ he said.’
    • ‘Dr Anthony said in evidence that he can't tief it.’
    • ‘We tief intellectual property like video tapes, DVDs, CD Roms, Software, satellite signals and copyright material.’
    purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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West Indian
  • A thief.

    ‘‘'e binna tief, Missis’’
    • ‘It says dat da most prized possession of a brigand, a tief, will be taken away.’
    • ‘If there is one animal I don't like its a thief (or tief as we seh in Jamdown.)’
    • ‘After all, who calls his child criminal, killer or ole tief?’
    • ‘Christmas is a week from today, it seems to have crept upon me like a tief in the night to rahtid.’
    • ‘Well, I must admit, like many of my fellow Jamaicans, me turn tief!’
    criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner
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Representing a pronunciation of thief.