Thief vs Curber - What's the difference?

thief | curber |

As nouns the difference between thief and curber

is that thief is one who has carried out a theft while curber is someone or something which curbs.




  • One who has carried out a theft.
  • (obsolete) A waster in the snuff of a candle.
  • (Bishop Hall)


    * burglar * cat burglar * mugger * robber * pickpocket

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    (en noun)
  • Someone or something which curbs.
  • *1902 , William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience , Folio Society 2008, p. 282:
  • *:they required him as a safeguard against the demon and a curber of other people's crimes.
  • A type of thief who used a ‘curb’ or hooked pole to steal things through open windows.
  • *1977 , Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld , Folio Society 2006, p. 33:
  • *:Night was the natural time for the curber ’s activities and striking up an acquaitance with a serving maid was an invaluable way of getting a window left open or learning the exact layout of the rooms in the house.