1. To take by petty theft.
  2. To steal items of little value.
  3. To steal in small amounts.
  4. to steal surreptitiously in small amounts

See also: pilfered, pilfering, filch, pinch, snarf, swipe, or lift.

Pil"fer (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pilfered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Pilfering.] [OF. pelfrer. See Pelf.]

To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practice petty theft.


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Pil"fer, v. t.

To take by petty theft; to filch; to steal little by little.

And not a year but pilfers as he goes Some youthful grace that age would gladly keep. Cowper.


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