mitch

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English michen, müchen ‎(to rob, steal, pilfer), from Old English *myċċan ‎(to steal), from Proto-Germanic *mukjaną ‎(to waylay, ambush, hide, rob), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mūg- ‎(swindler, thief). Cognate with Scots mich, myche ‎(to steal), Saterland Frisian mogeln ‎(to act secretively and deceitfully), Dutch mokkelen ‎(to flatter), Alemannic German mauchen ‎(to nibble secretively), German mogeln ‎(to cheat), German meucheln ‎(to assassinate), Norwegian i mugg ‎(in secret, secretly), Latin muger ‎(cheater). Related to mooch.

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mitch ‎(third-person singular simple present mitches, present participle mitching, simple past and past participle mitched)

  1. (transitive, dialectal) To pilfer; filch; steal.
  2. (intransitive, dialectal) To shrink or retire from view; lurk out of sight; skulk.
  3. (Ireland, Wales) To be absent from school without a valid excuse; to play truant.
    John said he was going to mitch the last lesson today.
  4. (intransitive, dialectal) To grumble secretly.
  5. (intransitive, dialectal) To pretend poverty.

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