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filch (fɪltʃ Pronunciation for filch



  1. (transitive) to steal or take surreptitiously in small amounts; pilfer

Derived Forms

ˈfilcher noun

Word Origin

C16 filchen to steal, attack, perhaps from Old English gefylce band of men


View thesaurus entry
= steal, take, thieve, pinch, lift, nick, trouser, abstract, rip off, cabbage, swipe, knock off, crib, half-inch, embezzle, pilfer, walk off with, misappropriate, purloin, snaffle

Example Sentences Including 'filch'

"Guess 2: `I hope the person I'm about to topple on leaves at the next station so I can filch his seat.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
A mishit clearance by Barthez, and Veron's misguided decision to keep it in let Southampton filch a goal.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
There was an early attempt, two hundred years before Pierre Poivre, to filch the clove.
Jack Turner SPICE: The History of a Temptation (2004)


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