• WordNet 3.6
    • n pelf informal terms for money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pelf pĕlf Money; riches; lucre; gain; -- generally conveying the idea of something ill-gotten or worthless. It has no plural. "Mucky pelf .""Paltry pelf .""Can their pelf prosper, not got by valor or industry?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pelf Frippery; rubbish; refuse; trash.
    • n pelf Money; riches; “filtby lucre”: a contemptuous term. It has no plural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pelf pelf riches (in a bad sense): money.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pelfir, booty, OF. pelfre, akin to pelfrer, to plunder, and perh. to E. pillage,. Cf. Pilfer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pelfre, booty; allied to pilfer.


In literature:

All tends to something that must pelf produce, All for some end, and ev'ry thing its use.
"Translations of German Poetry in American Magazines 1741-1810" by Edward Ziegler Davis
They might have the pelf if he had the power.
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
He declared that these so-called developers came for pelf, not patriotism.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
Tak pairt o' the pelf when the pack's dealing.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Their journey for pelf and jewels had been a failure.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Is it scant of gear, has it store of pelf?
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
Among these petty and mean minds seeking power or pelf or the repayment of some ancient grudge, Danton had nothing to do!
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
And lov'st God more than gold or pelf?
"Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs" by Paul Gerhardt
By earth and clay she got her pelf, Yet now she's turn'd to Earth herself.
"Gleanings in Graveyards a collection of Curious Epitaphs" by Horatio Edward Norfolk
Henceforth be allowed thee release From the racer's toil, no vulgar reward in praise or in pelf!
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
Castlereagh was given a free hand, and places, pelf, and peerages were promised with reckless lavishness.
"The Viceroys of Ireland" by Charles O'Mahony
TOTAL DEPRAVITY: The greatest idea for the acquisition of power and pelf ever devised.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
He was a colossal example of the fact that easily gotten pelf is of no value.
"Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford" by George Randolph Chester
He had sold their fathers for pelf, why not sell the sons also?
"Egerton Ryerson and Education in Upper Canada" by J. Harold Putnam
He that hath enough and over and is niggard with his pelf Will be hated of his people and left free to praise himself.
"A Literary History of the Arabs" by Reynold Nicholson
Nothing leads men to ruin like hankering after pelf.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
With misery comes indifference to pelf.
"The Maid of Honour, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
I would not Basil had wedded a lady in love with his pelf, not with himself.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
I would not Basil had wedded a lady in love with his pelf, not with himself.
"Constance Sherwood" by Lady Georgiana Fullerton
To what metaphorical depths less honest men descend for petty pelf!
"From sketch-book and diary" by Elizabeth Butler

In poetry:

A man must write to please himself,
Of all it's true;
But happy they who spurning pelf—
Please people too.
"Poor Poet" by Robert W Service
Sees some dim shadow of the Power
“Which vein'd the shell and shaped the flower;
“And said to wisdom, work, and pelf,
“Beauty is precious for itself!”
"The Butterfly And The Fairies" by Menella Bute Smedley
First there's bold Tommy Aitkins himself,
For a shilling a day of poor pelf,
And for love of his King,
And the fun of the thing,
He fights till he's laid on the shelf.
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens
These, for whom stands no type or title given
In all the squalid tales of gore and pelf;
Though cowed by crashing thunders from all heaven.
Cain never said, 'My brother slew himself.'
"To A Certain Nation" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Though thou the world, and all its tinsel pelf
Shou'dst gain — yet losing Christ, shou'dst lose thyself,
What wou'd the sad preheminence avail,
If thou, at last, to save thy soul shou'dst fail?
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Say, can the man who hoards up pelf
E'er love his neighbour as himself?
For if he did, would he not labour
To hoard a little for his neighbour?
Then tell me, friend, can hoarding elves
E'er love their neighbour as themselves?
"The Impossibility Conquered : Or, Love Your Neighbour As Yourself." by Hannah More

In news:

Pelf 's Mets career potentially over with TJ.
Marlins 5, Mets 4: Pelf 's sinking feeling.
Vac's Tuesday Whacks on a grateful zillionaire, Pelf concerns, and the good doctor.
Marlins 5, Mets 4: Pelf's sinking feeling .