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.
- lift, nick, pinch, pocket, rob, thieve, (Australia, slang): flog, (Cockney rhyming slang): half-inch, (slang): knock off, (slang): jack
- See also Wikisaurus:steal