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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: pelfrer, from pelfre 'stolen things'

pilfer

verb
     
pil‧fer [intransitive and transitive]
to steal things that are not worth much, especially from the place where you work
pilfer from
She was sacked after being caught pilfering from the till.
pilferer noun [countable]
an office pilferer
pilfering noun [uncountable]

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