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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

Synonyms for filch

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Related Words for filching

purloin, pilfer, embezzle, misappropriate, cop, thieve, pinch, rob, swipe, sneak, crib, lift, take, scrounge, snitch, hustle, snipe

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British Dictionary definitions for filching


  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 filching



"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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