Definition of filch in English:

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Pronunciation: /filCH/


[with object] informal
Pilfer or steal (something, especially a thing of small value) in a casual way: I was promptly accused of filching Mr. Muir’s idea
More example sentences
  • Federal authorities have prosecuted thieves who have used stolen passwords to filch credit reports and steal from thousands of consumers.
  • He had filched food, stolen everything from money to clothes and had spent a lot of his time running from police for some crime or another.
  • Although the Princeton official's motives were not revealed, the break-in was thought to be an academic Watergate, an illicit attempt to filch information on what the competition was up to.
steal, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, carry off, shoplift
informal run off with, walk off with, rob, swipe, snatch, nab, rip off, lift



Pronunciation: /ˈfilCHər/
Example sentences
  • The unscrupulous filchers of this technology then intend to sell the chip back to interested US arms companies - or worse, to the highest bidder.
  • Then there's my 83-year-old cousin, whose stock-in-trade is a trick that he plays with a scrub jay that nests in the area, a garbage filcher named JJ.
  • I am a food-filcher.


Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with filch


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Syllabification: filch

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