American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take (something, especially something of little value) in a furtive manner; snitch. See Synonyms at steal.
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.
- v. transitive To steal, to illegally take possession of.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To steal or take privily (commonly, that which is of little value); to pilfer.
- v. make off with belongings of others
- 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)
- Middle English filchen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind ... to filch wealth and power to themselves.”
“It would be the work of a minute to nip in and filch the goods.”
“They eat an insane number of carrots and raw lasagna noodles that they bought in bulk at Sam's Club 12 years ago, and they filch bananas from co-workers' lunch bags when they're not watching.”
“Whence the verb crib, which meant "to filch" under cover of wicker anything -- some liquor,”
“Les Synonyms: dérober = to purloin chiper = to swipe, filch piquer = to pinch, to nick”
“Twice I tried to filch some cheese from the sideboard, and twice Grandfather caught me.”
“Tempted to start a show myself called "I Know I'm Going to Die Soon" and thus filch the secret of a long and even happier life.”
“The female blacklegs, — filch like "Hell" - taught blades,”
“Though not the creator of either goal, his intimidating pace enabled Stoke to score twice in the second half and filch victory.”
“At the Sugarloaf Golf Club in Maine, playful fox kits dash into the fairway to filch drives from the middle of the fairway.”
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