thief (plural thieves)
- One who carries out a theft.
- Synonyms: Thesaurus:thief
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
- water-thieves and land-thieves
- One who steal#Verb|steals another person's property, especially by stealth and without using force#Noun|force or violence.
- 1580, Thomas Tusser, “74. A Digression.”, in Fiue Hundred Pointes of Good Husbandrie: […], imprinted at London: By Henrie Denham [beeing the assigne of William Seres] […], OCLC 837741850 ↗; republished as W[illiam] Payne and Sidney J[ohn Hervon] Herrtage, editors, Five Hundred Pointes of Good Husbandrie. […], London: Published for the English Dialect Society by Trübner & Co., […], 1878, OCLC 7391867535 ↗, stanza 4, page 166 ↗:
- Take heed to false harlots, and more, ye wot#English|wot what. / If noise ye heare, / Looke all be cleare: / lest#English|Least drabs doe noy#English|noie thee, / And theeues destroie thee.
- (obsolete) A waster in the snuff of a candle.
- French: voleur, voleuse
- German: Dieb
- Italian: ladro, ladra, ladruncolo, borsaiolo, scippatore, mariolo, taccheggiatore, malandrino, borseggiatore
- Portuguese: ladrão, ladra
- Russian: вор
- Spanish: ladrón, caco (colloquial), chorizo (colloquial), mangante (colloquial), amigo de lo ajeno (colloquial)