filch

[filch]

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

Synonyms for filch

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Contemporary Examples of filching

  • Could being accused of filching a fragile old lady out of her pennies spell the end for Nicolas Sarkozy?

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    Sarkozy’s Old Lady Troubles

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    March 22, 2013

Historical Examples of filching


British Dictionary definitions for filching

filch

verb
  1. (tr) to steal or take surreptitiously in small amounts; pilfer
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 filching

filch

v.

"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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