From Middle English michen, müchen, from Old English *myċċan (“to steal”), from Proto-Germanic *mukjaną (“to waylay, ambush, hide, rob”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mūg- (“swindler, thief”). Cognate with Scots mich, myche (“to steal”), Saterland Frisian mogeln (“to act secretively and deceitfully”), Dutch mokkelen (“to flatter”), Alemannic German mauchen (“to nibble secretively”), German mogeln (“to cheat”), German meucheln (“to assassinate”), Norwegian i mugg (“in secret, secretly”), Latin muger (“cheater”). Related to mooch.
- (transitive, dialectal) To pilfer; filch; steal.
- (intransitive, dialectal) To shrink or retire from view; lurk out of sight; skulk.
- (Ireland, Wales) To be absent from school without a valid excuse; to play truant.
- John said he was going to mitch the last lesson today.
- (intransitive, dialectal) To grumble secretly.
- (intransitive, dialectal) To pretend poverty.