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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • 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


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.



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