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filch

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verb \ˈfilch\

Simple Definition of filch

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of filch

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

Examples of filch in a sentence

  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>



Did You Know?

I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder-box: his thefts were too open; his filching was like an unskilful singer-he kept not time. So says Falstaff in Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor. The Bard was fond of filch in both its literal and figurative uses; Iago says to Othello, "he that filches from me my good name / Robs me of that which not enriches him / And makes me poor indeed." Filch derives from the Middle English word filchen ("to attack" or "to steal") and perhaps from Old English gefylce ("band of men, troop, army"). As a noun, filch once referred to a hooked staff used by thieves to snatch articles out of windows and from similar places, but this use is now obsolete.

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

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verb \ˈfilch\

Definition of filch for Students

filchedfilching

  1. :  to steal in a sneaky way





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