Word of the Day: Swindle


verb \ˈswin-dəl\

: to take money or property from (someone) by using lies or tricks

swin·dled   swin·dling

Full Definition of SWINDLE

intransitive verb
:  to obtain money or property by fraud or deceit
transitive verb
:  to take money or property from by fraud or deceit
swin·dler noun


Examples of SWINDLE

  1. <hundreds of people were swindled out of their savings, and all they had to show for it were fake land deeds>

Origin of SWINDLE

back-formation from swindler, from German Schwindler giddy person, from schwindeln to be dizzy, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan to diminish, vanish; akin to Old English swindan to vanish
First Known Use: circa 1782

Related to SWINDLE

beat, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, chouse, con, cozen, defraud, diddle, do, do in, euchre, fiddle, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hose [slang], hustle, mulct, nobble [British slang], pluck, ream, rip off, rook, screw, shake down, short, shortchange, skin, skunk, squeeze, stick, stiff, sting, sucker, fleece, thimblerig, victimize

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