I was so glad to come across this word in “The Last of the Potatoes” in The Complete Casebook of Herlock Sholmes. I’ve always thought it was such a funny word.

Purloined – stolen (the dictionary states it is a formal yet humorous verb)

Usage: “The duchess had boldly purloined the potato.”

(In my opinion, the story should have been called The Case of the Purloined Potato.)