Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To take (something, especially something of little value) in a furtive manner; snitch. synonym: steal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who filches or is given to filching; a filcher.
  • 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.
  • noun A stick with a hook at the end, used in filching articles from windows, clothes-lines, etc.
  • noun An act of theft; also, the thing stolen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To steal or take privily (commonly, that which is of little value); to pilfer.

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  • verb transitive To steal, to illegally take possession of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make off with belongings of others

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English filchen.

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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.

Examples

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  • 'Now, who should there in Heaven be

    To fill your place, ma très-douce mie? 10

    To reach that spot I little care!

    There all the droning priests are met;

    All the old cripples, too, are there

    That unto shrines and altars cling

    To filch the Peter-pence we bring';— 15

    Said Aucassin to Nicolette.

    - Edmund Clarence Stedman, 'Provençal Lovers'.

    September 17, 2009

  • Citation on craw.

    October 2, 2008

  • ...he fell

    into the habitual practice of

    filching his Sunday supper from the fridge.

    This hebdomadary beano was quite

    contary to the expectations of

    the establishment...

    - Peter Reading, Inter-City, from Fiction, 1979

    June 26, 2008