Robber vs Shoplift - What's the difference?

robber | shoplift |

As nouns the difference between robber and shoplift

is that robber is a person who robs while shoplift is (obsolete) a shoplifter.

As a verb shoplift is

to steal something from a shop / store during trading hours.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A person who robs.
  • Hyponyms

    * bank robber * mugger


    * thief

    Derived terms

    * robber baron * robber crab * robber fly * robber gull





    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A shoplifter.
  • * 1704 , John Dunton, The Athenian Oracle , Athenian Society, Volume III, page 67,
  • .


    (en verb)
  • To steal something from a shop / store during trading hours.
  • * 2004 May 17, Andrew Sean Greer, The New Yorker ,
  • She taught Maddy to sing in Portuguese, to shoplift mascara, to play a drinking game called Spoons
  • To steal from shops / stores during trading hours.
  • * 1938 April, William Peery, Thank Rotary!'', ''The Rotarian , page 52,
  • Once, before we had juvenile court here, I made the mistake of putting on probation a boy who had shoplifted , a boy of good family. That boy later shot a man.
  • * 1969 October, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Mechanisms for Exploiting the Black Community'', '' , 22,
  • Thus, the teacher shook down the kids, the big kids shook down the little kids, the little kids shoplifted to get money, etc''., ''etc .
  • * 2002 November 25, The New Yorker ,
  • In other words, New York is a better place to shoplift .


    * shop steal (Australia)

    Derived terms

    * shoplifter * shoplifting