From Middle English filchen (“to pilfer, to steal”). The further origin of the word is uncertain, but it is perhaps related to Old English fyl?ian (“to marshal troops”) and Old English ?efyl?e (“band of men, army, host”), which would make it related to folk.
filch (third-person singular simple present filches, present participle filching, simple past and past participle filched)
- (transitive) To illegally take possession of (especially items of low value); to pilfer, to steal.
filch (plural filches)
- Something which has been filched or stolen.
- An act of filching; larceny, theft.
- (obsolete) A person who filches; a filcher, a pilferer, a thief.
- (obsolete) A hooked stick used to filch objects.