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thieves

[ theef ]SEE DEFINITION OF thieves
  • nounperson who steals
  • verbsteal

Synonyms for thieves

  • bandit
  • burglar
  • criminal
  • crook
  • mugger
  • pickpocket
  • pirate
  • robber
  • sniper
  • swindler
  • cheat
  • clip
  • defalcator
  • embezzler
  • hijacker
  • housebreaker
  • kleptomaniac
  • larcener
  • larcenist
  • lifter
  • moonlighter
  • owl
  • pilferer
  • plunderer
  • prowler
  • punk
  • scrounger
  • shoplifter
  • spider
  • stealer
  • cat burglar
  • heister
  • highway robber
  • holdup artist
  • porch climber
  • purloiner
  • stickup artist
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Antonyms for thieves

  • law
  • police
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THIEVES

He also is the chief of the police force and catches the thieves.

He would not have been embarrassed if they had been the Forty Thieves.

I do not hold diplomatic relations with thieves and vagabonds.

Their thieves are the most daring and their agents the most cunning.

They are thieves—they will steal from you before your very face, so devoid are they of all shame.

Yes, the thieves themselves were sure to be with him in his present work.

See that all doors are barred so that we may sleep without fear of Spanish thieves.

The man who pitied me spoke, so far as I was concerned, the language of thieves.

He then questioned him concerning his forgiveness of the thieves.

I had become so rich in hopes for the future that I was afraid of thieves.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English þeof, from Proto-Germanic *theubaz (cf. Old Frisian thiaf, Old Saxon thiof, Middle Dutch dief, Old High German diob, German dieb, Old Norse þiofr, Gothic þiufs), probably from PIE *teup- (cf. Lithuanian tupeti "to crouch down").