- pilfer pil‧fer [ˈpɪlfə ǁ -ər] verb [transitive]to steal small amounts of things, or things that are not worth much, especially from an office, factory etc:
• An employee has been charged with pilfering a set of automobile wheels.— pilfering noun [uncountable] :
• Stationery stocks are running 15% below last year's levels, mostly due to pilfering.— pilferage noun [uncountable] :
• Losses from employee pilferage are estimated at $8 billion.
* * *pilfer UK US /ˈpɪlfər/ verb [I or T]► to steal things that are not worth much money, especially from the place where you work: »
He was caught pilfering stationery more than once.► to steal money, ideas, information, etc. from an organization: »
They were charged with conspiracy to pilfer $600m from a major international conglomerate.»
U.S. officials claimed the plane's electronic surveillance equipment had been thoroughly examined and pilfered by their military.pilferage noun [U]► »
Closed circuit TVs have helped reduce the levels of pilferage experienced by retailers.pilfering noun [U]► »
His pilfering of the fund landed him in prison and destroyed his political career.
Financial and business terms. 2012.
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pilferage — index larceny, misappropriation, theft Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 pilferage … Law dictionary
pilferage — (n.) 1620s, from PILFER (Cf. pilfer) + AGE (Cf. age) … Etymology dictionary
pilferage — [pil′fər ij] n. 1. the act or practice of pilfering 2. something pilfered … English World dictionary
pilferage — noun A recurrent theft of small items of little value. Still, there is pilferage, mysterious discrepancies eating into the percentages … Wiktionary
pilferage — pilfer ► VERB ▪ steal (things of little value). DERIVATIVES pilferage noun. ORIGIN Old French pelfrer to pillage … English terms dictionary
pilferage — noun see pilfer … New Collegiate Dictionary
pilferage — /pil feuhr ij/, n. 1. the act or practice of pilfering; petty theft. 2. something that is pilfered. [1620 30; PILFER + AGE] * * * … Universalium
pilferage — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The crime of taking someone else s property without consent: larceny, steal, theft, thievery. Slang: rip off. See CRIMES … English dictionary for students
pilferage — pilÂ·ferÂ·age || pÉªlÉ™rÉªdÊ’ n. theft, act of stealing; act of dragging, act of pulling … English contemporary dictionary
pilferage — pil·fer·age … English syllables