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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, liftverb

    make off with belongings of others


  1. filchverb

    To steal, to illegally take possession of.

    Hey! Someone filched my noggin.

  2. Etymology: From filchen, of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to fylcian, gefylce. Related to folk.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To FILCHverb

    To steal; to take by theft; to pilfer; to pillage; to rob; to take by robbery. It is usually spoken of petty thefts.

    Etymology: A word of uncertain etymology. The French word filer, from which some derive it, is of very late production, and therefore cannot be its original.

    He shall find his wealth wonderfully enlarged by keeping his cattle in inclosures, where they shall always have safe being, that none are continually filched and stolen. Edmund Spenser.

    The champion robbeth by night,
    And prowleth and filcheth by daie. Thomas Tusser, Husbandry.

    Who steals my purse, steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
    ’Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
    But he that filches from me my good name,
    Robs me of that which not enriches him,
    And makes me poor indeed. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    His thefts were too open; his filching was like an unskilful singer, he kept no time. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    He could discern cities like hives of bees, wherein every bee did nought else but sting; some like hornets, some like filching wasps, others as drones. Robert Burton, on Melancholy.

    What made thee venture to betray,
    And filch the lady’s heart away. Hudibras, p. iii. cant. 1.

    The pismire was formerly a husbandman, that secretly filched away his neighbour’s goods. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    Fain would they filch that little food away,
    While unrestrain’d those happy gluttons prey. Dryden.

    So speeds the wily fox, alarm’d by fear,
    Who lately filch’d the turkey’s callow care. John Gay, Trivia.


  1. filch

    The following fictional characters are staff members and denizens of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books written by J. K. Rowling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Filchverb

    to steal or take privily (commonly, that which is of little value); to pilfer

  2. Etymology: [Cf. AS. feolan to stick to, OHG. felhan, felahan, to hide, Icel. fela, Goth. filhan to hide, bury, Prov. E. feal to hide slyly, OE. felen.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Filch

    filch, v.t. to steal: to pilfer.—n. Filch′er, a thief.—adv. Filch′ingly. [Ety. unknown.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of filch in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of filch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
    • A. denudate
    • B. abduct
    • C. elaborate
    • D. scarper

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