- 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.