from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To steal (a small amount or item). See Synonyms at steal.
- intransitive v. To steal or filch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practise petty theft.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practice petty theft.
- transitive v. To take by petty theft; to filch; to steal little by little.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To steal in small quantities; practise petty theft.
- To steal or gain by petty theft; filch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make off with belongings of others
From Middle English pilfre, spoils, from Old French pelfre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pilfre ("booty"), from Old French pelfre ("plunder, booty, spoils"), of unknown origin. Possibly related to pelf. (Wiktionary)