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purloin  (pɜːˈlɔɪn



  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 (informal), nick (slang) (mainly British), appropriate, trouser (slang), pinch (informal), cabbage (British) (slang), swipe (slang), knock off (slang), blag (slang), pilfer, walk off with, snitch (slang), filch, prig (British) (slang), snaffle (British) (informal), 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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