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verb (used with object)
  1. to steal (especially something of small value); pilfer: to filch ashtrays from fancy restaurants.
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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
Related formsfilch·er, nounfilch·ing·ly, adverbun·filched, adjective

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Related Words for filcher

crook, thief, robber, rogue, villain, swindler, racketeer, scoundrel, prowler, pilferer, owl, housebreaker, safecracker, cheat, shyster, knave, shark, filcher, picklock, purloiner

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British Dictionary definitions for filcher


  1. (tr) to steal or take surreptitiously in small amounts; pilfer
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Derived Formsfilcher, noun

Word Origin for filch

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.

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"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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