Definition of water thief in English:

water thief

noun

  • 1Chiefly poetic. A pirate; (sometimes more generally) a person engaged in stealing, plunder, etc., who travels by water.

  • 2A fitting for the end of a hosepipe for dividing the flow into three or more separate streams.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Shakespeare (1564–1616), playwright and poet. From water + thief.

Pronunciation

water thief

/ˈwɔːtə θiːf/