from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. By means of petty theft.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. By pilfering or petty stealing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- By pilfering; in a thievish manner.
Venus liketh best when reaped in secret, and culled by fervent lovers filchingly.
But, sir, according to my judgment, you do understand both of and by yourself that here stealth signifieth nothing else, no more than in a thousand other places of Greek and Latin, old and modern writings, but the sweet fruits of amorous dalliance, which Venus liketh best when reaped in secret, and culled by fervent lovers filchingly.