purloin mid-15c., "to put far away," from Anglo-Fr. purloigner "remove," from O.Fr. porloigner "put off, retard, delay," from por- (from L. pro- "forth") + O.Fr. loing "far," from L. longe, from longus (see LONG (Cf. long)). Sense of "to steal" (1540s) is a development in English. Related: Purloined; purloining.

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