- Obs. ill-gotten gains; booty
- money or wealth regarded with contempt
Origin of pelfME, akin to ( from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ) Middle French pelfre, booty
Wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired.
Origin of pelfMiddle English from Medieval Latin pelfra, pelfa probably from Old French pelfre ; see pilfer .
Old French pelfre, "booty, stolen goods." It is related to pilfer.