- the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.
- an instance of this.
- Archaic. something stolen.
- criminal law the dishonest taking of property belonging to another person with the intention of depriving the owner permanently of its possession
- rare something stolen
n.Old English þeofð (West Saxon þiefð), from Proto-Germanic *theubitho (cf. Old Frisian thiufthe, Old Norse þyfð), from *theubaz “thief” (see thief) + suffix -itha (cognate with Latin -itatem).