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filch

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of filch

to take (something) without right and with an intent to keep
  • too hungry to wait until the party had started, he filched a cookie from the buffet table when no one was looking

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How does the verb filch differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of filch are pilfer, purloin, and steal. While all these words mean "to take from another without right or without detection," filch adds a suggestion of snatching quickly and surreptitiously.

filched an apple from the tray

When can pilfer be used instead of filch?

The meanings of pilfer and filch largely overlap; however, pilfer implies stealing repeatedly in small amounts.

pilfered from his employer

When might purloin be a better fit than filch?

While the synonyms purloin and filch are close in meaning, purloin stresses removing or carrying off for one's own use or purposes.

printed a purloined document

Where would steal be a reasonable alternative to filch?

The words steal and filch are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

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The first known use of filch was in 1561

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28 May 2020

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“Filch.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/filch. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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