[per-loin, pur-loin] /pərˈlɔɪn, ˈpɜr lɔɪn/

verb (used with object)
to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
verb (used without object)
to commit theft; steal.
to take (something) dishonestly; steal

mid-14c., “remove, misappropriate,” from Anglo-French purloigner “remove,” Old French porloigner “put off, retard, delay, drag out; be far away,” from por- (from Latin pro- “forth;” see pro-) + Old French loing “far,” from Latin longe, from longus (see long (adj.)). Sense of “to steal” (1540s) is a development in English. Related: Purloined; purloining.


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