- 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.