- money or wealth, especially when regarded with contempt or acquired by reprehensible means.
Origin of pelf
Examples from the Web for pelf
The plaudits of the world sought not, but scorned its praise and pelf.Gleams of Sunshine
Joseph Horatio Chant
All the laurel and the glory of these seeds I sell for pelf.Cobwebs from a Library Corner
John Kendrick Bangs
He declared that these so-called developers came for pelf, not patriotism.Robert Toombs
Pleasant A. Stovall
The pelf and the jewels will they revive his father who had fallen by his hand?The Weird Orient
This brought him pelf, but, alas for his greed, the pelf came slowly.Mount Rainier
- derogatory money or wealth, esp if dishonestly acquired; lucre
Word Origin and History for pelf
mid-14c., "stolen goods," from Anglo-French pelf, Old French pelfre "booty, spoils" (11c.), of unknown origin; also see pilfer. Meaning "money, riches," with a pejorative overtone first recorded c.1500.