What does the word pilfer mean?

Usage examples for pilfer

  1. He does not eat so many cherries as our old friend the robin, though his depredations are more conspicuous, for whereas the robins in ones and twos will pilfer steadily from many trees for many days without attracting notice, a crowd of starlings is occasionally observed to descend en masse upon a single tree and strip it in a few hours. – Bird-Neighbors by Blanchan, Neltje
  2. Some of the men had lost their all, and had, by the general consent of those who had won their wealth, been banished to a certain distance that they might not pilfer from them. – The Phantom Ship by Captain Frederick Marryat