From Middle English filchen (“to steal, pilfer”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English fylcian (“to marshal troops”), Old English ġefylce (“band of men, army, host”). Related to folk.
filch (third-person singular simple present filches, present participle filching, simple past and past participle filched)
- (transitive) To steal, to illegally take possession of.
- Hey! Someone filched my noggin.
- lift, nick, pinch, pocket, rob, thieve, (Australia, slang): flog, (Cockney rhyming slang): half-inch, (slang): knock off, (slang): jack
- See also Wikisaurus:steal