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My grandmother, born in 1914, used a word that sounds like "prefinelle" to describe snooping or going through someone’s medicine cabinet or drawers without permission. Does anyone know the proper spelling of that word? Is it a real word?

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    More details? Where did she grow up?
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 0:26
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    Can you use the word in a sentence? Or at least give us some hint what part(s) of speech it is?
    – Laurel
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 2:38
  • Are you sure that you didn't just mishear "to pilfer"?
    – idspispopd
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 9:18
  • Can I confirm that your grandmother is a native speaker of English? Which dialect? English? Scottish? American? something else? Can you use the word in a sentence? "Pilfer" seems like a stretch, but I can think of nothing closer.
    – James K
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 0:47
  • Which syllable is accented? That might help me.
    – Jill
    Commented Dec 20, 2019 at 0:06

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