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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [filch]
    • /fɪltʃ/
    • /fɪltʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [filch]
    • /fɪltʃ/

Definitions of filch word

  • verb with object filch to steal (especially something of small value); pilfer: to filch ashtrays from fancy restaurants. 1
  • noun filch Pilfer or steal (something, especially a thing of small value) in a casual way. 1
  • transitive verb filch steal 1
  • verb filch If you say that someone filches something, you mean they steal it, especially when you do not consider this to be a very serious crime. 0
  • verb filch to steal or take surreptitiously in small amounts; pilfer 0
  • verb transitive filch to steal (usually something small or petty); pilfer 0

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Origin of filch

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English filchen to attack (in a body), take as booty, Old English fylcian to marshal (troops), draw (soldiers) up in battle array, derivative of gefylce band of men; akin to folk

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Parts of speech for Filch


filch popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

filch usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for filch

verb filch

  • purloin — to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
  • pilfer — steal in small amounts
  • misappropriate — to put to a wrong use.
  • cop — A cop is a policeman or policewoman.
  • thieve — to take by theft; steal.

noun filch

  • ripoff — an act or instance of ripping off another or others; a theft, cheat, or swindle.
  • theft — the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.

Antonyms for filch

verb filch

  • give — to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to give a birthday present to someone.
  • offer — to present for acceptance or rejection; proffer: He offered me a cigarette.
  • receive — to take into one's possession (something offered or delivered): to receive many gifts.
  • contribute — If you contribute to something, you say or do things to help to make it successful.
  • return — to go or come back, as to a former place, position, or state: to return from abroad; to return to public office; to return to work.

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