verb \ˈfilch\

: to steal (something that is small or that has little value)

Full Definition of FILCH

transitive verb
:  to appropriate furtively or casually <filch a cookie>

Examples of FILCH

  1. He filched a pack of gum when no one was looking.
  2. <too hungry to wait until the party had started, he filched a cookie from the buffet table when no one was looking>

Origin of FILCH

Middle English
First Known Use: 1561

Synonym Discussion of FILCH

steal, pilfer, filch, purloin mean to take from another without right or without detection. steal may apply to any surreptitious taking of something and differs from the other terms by commonly applying to intangibles as well as material things <steal jewels> <stole a look at the gifts>. pilfer implies stealing repeatedly in small amounts <pilfered from his employer>. filch adds a suggestion of snatching quickly and surreptitiously <filched an apple from the tray>. purloin stresses removing or carrying off for one's own use or purposes <printed a purloined document>.

Rhymes with FILCH

FILCH Defined for Kids


verb \ˈfilch\

Definition of FILCH for Kids

:  to steal in a sneaky way


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