Definition of filch in English:

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filch

Pronunciation: /fɪltʃ/

verb

[with object] informal
Pilfer or steal (something, especially an item of small value) in a casual way: they filched milk off morning doorsteps
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.

Derivatives

filcher

Pronunciation: /ˈfɪltʃə/
noun
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.

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with filch

zilch

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: filch

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