Noun thief has 1 sense
  1. thief, stealer - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
    --1 is a kind of criminal, felon, crook, outlaw, malefactor
    --1 has particulars:
     bandit, brigand; booster, shoplifter, lifter; burglar; dacoit, dakoit; embezzler, defalcator, peculator; graverobber, ghoul, body snatcher; graverobber; holdup man, stickup man; larcenist, larcener; pickpocket, cutpurse, dip; plagiarist, plagiarizer, plagiariser, literary pirate, pirate; plunderer, pillager, looter, spoiler, despoiler, raider, freebooter; robber; rustler, cattle thief; safebreaker, safecracker, cracksman; snatcher; sneak thief, pilferer, snitcher