Pilfer vs Swipe - What's the difference?

pilfer | swipe |


As verbs the difference between pilfer and swipe

is that pilfer is to steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practise petty theft while swipe is to steal or snatch.

As a noun swipe is

(countable) a quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; a sweep.

pilfer

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practise petty theft.
  • Derived terms

    * pilferage * pilferer

    swipe

    English

    Verb

    (swip)
  • To steal or snatch.
  • Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
  • * 1968 , , 00:48:18:
  • "Maybe I could swipe some Tintex from the five-and-dime."
  • To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
  • He swiped his card at the door.
  • To grab or bat quickly.
  • The cat swiped at the shoelace.

    Noun

  • (countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
  • (countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
  • (countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
  • Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
  • (uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
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