from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take (something, especially something of little value) in a furtive manner; snitch. See Synonyms at steal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To steal, to illegally take possession of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To steal or take privily (commonly, that which is of little value); to pilfer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To steal, especially in a small, sly way; pilfer; take from another on a petty scale, as for the supply of a present need, or in an underhand way, as by violation of trust or good faith.
- n. A stick with a hook at the end, used in filching articles from windows, clothes-lines, etc.
- n. An act of theft; also, the thing stolen.
- n. One who filches or is given to filching; a filcher.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make off with belongings of others
Middle English filchen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English filchen ("to steal, pilfer"), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English fylcian ("to marshal troops"), Old English ġefylce ("band of men, army, host"). Related to folk. (Wiktionary)