From Middle English filchen (“to pilfer, to steal”). The further origin of the word is uncertain, but it is perhaps related to Old English fylcian (“to marshal troops”) and Old English ġefylce (“band of men, army, host”), which would make it related to folk.
- (transitive) To illegally take possession of (especially items of low value); to pilfer, to steal.
- Hey, someone filched my wallet!
- flog (Australia, slang)
- half-inch (Cockney rhyming slang)
- jack (slang)
- knock off (slang)
- See also Wikisaurus:steal
filch (plural filches)
- Something which has been filched or stolen.
- An act of filching; larceny, theft.
- (obsolete) A person who filches; a filcher, a pilferer, a thief.
- (obsolete) A hooked stick used to filch objects.