Etymology
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pelf (n.)

late 14c., "stolen goods, forfeited property," from Anglo-French pelf, Old French pelfre "booty, spoils" (11c.), a word of unknown origin; also see pilfer. Meaning "money, property, riches," with a pejorative or contemptuous overtone, also is recorded from late 14c. It has no plural.

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Definitions of pelf

pelf (n.)
informal terms for money;
Synonyms: boodle / bread / cabbage / clams / dinero / dough / gelt / kale / lettuce / lolly / lucre / loot / moolah / scratch / shekels / simoleons / sugar / wampum
From wordnet.princeton.edu