adjective Date: 14th century 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a thief 2. given to stealing • thievishly adverbthievishness noun

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  • Thievish — Thiev ish, a. 1. Given to stealing; addicted to theft; as, a thievish boy, a thievish magpie. [1913 Webster] 2. Like a thief; acting by stealth; sly; secret. [1913 Webster] Time s thievish progress to eternity. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Partaking… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thievish — index furtive, larcenous, stealthy Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • thievish — mid 15c., of or pertaining to thieves, from THIEVE (Cf. thieve) + ISH (Cf. ish). Meaning inclined to steal is from 1530s. Related: Thievishly; thievishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • thievish — [thē′vish] adj. 1. addicted to thieving, or stealing 2. of, like, or characteristic of a thief; stealthy; furtive thievishly adv. thievishness n …   English World dictionary

  • thievish — thievishly, adv. thievishness, n. /thee vish/, adj. 1. given to thieving. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a thief; stealthy: a furtive, thievish look. [1400 50; late ME thevisch; see THIEF, ISH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • thievish — thiev•ish [[t]ˈθi vɪʃ[/t]] adj. 1) given to thieving 2) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a thief; sneaky: a thievish look[/ex] • Etymology: 1400–50 thiev′ish•ly, adv. thiev′ish•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • thievish — thieving / thievish [adj] criminal crooked, cunning, dishonest, fraudulent, furtive, kleptomaniacal*, larcenous, light fingered*, pilfering, piratic*, plunderous, predatory, rapacious, secretive, sly, spoliative, stealthy, stickyfingered*;… …   New thesaurus

  • thievish — thieve ► VERB ▪ be a thief; steal things. DERIVATIVES thievery noun thievish adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • thievish — adjective a) Having a tendency to steal b) Having the manner of a thief; furtive …   Wiktionary

  • thievish — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. stealthy, furtive, cunning; see light fingered , secretive , sly 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Tending to larceny: larcenous. See CRIMES …   English dictionary for students

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