An example of filch is to take a pen from someone's desk when they're not looking.
Origin of filchMiddle English filchen
transitive verbfilched, filch·ing, filch·es
Origin of filchMiddle English filchen.
(third-person singular simple present filches, present participle filching, simple past and past participle filched)
- To steal, to illegally take possession of.
- Hey! Someone filched my noggin.
From Middle English filchen (“to steal, pilfer”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English fylcian (“to marshal troops”), Old English ġefylce (“band of men, army, host”). Related to folk.