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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.



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.
    • 1983, Bernard MacLaverty, Cal, Chapter 4. (p.115 in the 1998 Vintage paperback edition):
      "Did you ever mitch school?" he asked.
      "No. But I think this is what it would feel like."
    John said he was going to mitch the last lesson today.
  4. (intransitive, dialectal) To grumble secretly.
  5. (intransitive, dialectal) To pretend poverty.


(play truant):

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