Synonyms of 'pilfer'
to steal (minor items) in small quantitiesStaff were pilfering cash from the bar.
Anybody could walk in here and steal stuff.
The burglars took just about anything they could carry.
a cartoonish device lifted from a Laurel and Hardy sequence
nick (slang, mainly British),
We used to nick biscuits from the kitchen.
appropriate, , ,
What do they think about your appropriating their music and culture?
pinch (informal), ,
pickpockets who pinched his wallet
swipe (slang), ,
People kept trying to swipe my copy of the New York Times.
embezzle, , , ,
The director embezzled $34 million in company funds.
He was caught purloining books from the library.
I filched some notes from his wallet.
These people can't help thieving.
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in the sense of appropriate
to take for one's own use without permissionWhat do they think about your appropriating their music and culture?
in the sense of embezzle
to steal (money) that belongs to the company or organization that one works forThe director embezzled $34 million in company funds.
in the sense of filch
to steal in small amountsI filched some notes from his wallet.
rip off (slang),
cabbage (British, slang),
knock off (slang),
half-inch (old-fashioned, slang),
walk off with,
snaffle (British, informal)
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