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purloin (pɜːˈlɔɪn Pronunciation for purloin



  1. to take (something) dishonestly; steal

Derived Forms

purˈloiner noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French porloigner to put at a distance, from por- for + loin distant, from Latin longus long


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= steal, rob, lift, nick, appropriate, trouser, pinch, cabbage, swipe, knock off, blag, pilfer, walk off with, snitch, filch, prig, snaffle, thieve

Example Sentences Including 'purloin'

I decided I could purloin the box without worrying that I was obstructing the police in the investigation of the crime.
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