- to steal (especially something of small value); pilfer: to filch ashtrays from fancy restaurants.
Origin of filch
1250–1300; Middle English filchen to attack (in a body), take as booty, Old English fylcian to marshal (troops), draw (soldiers) up in battle array, derivative of gefylce band of men; akin to folk
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purloin, take, swipe, lift, snaffle, pinch.
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Examples from the Web for filcher
Taffy, the filcher, in this case was the Briton; the filchee was the Boer.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 6 (of 6)
He hired a stable a short distance from his lodgings, and engaged a man named Filcher as groom.Black Beauty
And when he had been told it, he turned to Mr. Filcher and asked him, "What the doose he meant by not waiting on his master?"
Mr. Filcher then went on to point out the properties and capabilities of the rooms, and also their mechanical contrivances.
Mr. Filcher thoroughly understood the science of "flooring" a freshman.
- (tr) to steal or take surreptitiously in small amounts; pilfer
C16 filchen to steal, attack, perhaps from Old English gefylce band of men
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Word Origin and History for filcher
1570s, agent noun from filch.
"steal," 1560s, slang, perhaps from c.1300 filchen "to snatch, take as booty," of unknown origin. Liberman says filch is probably from German filzen "comb through." Related: Filched; filching.
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