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[buhng-koh] /ˈbʌŋ koʊ/ Informal.
noun, plural buncos, verb, buncoed, buncoing.


or bunco

[buhng-koh] /ˈbʌŋ koʊ/ Informal.
noun, plural bunkos.
a swindle in which a person is cheated at gambling, persuaded to buy a nonexistent, unsalable, or worthless object, or otherwise victimized.
any misrepresentation.
verb (used with object), bunkoed, bunkoing.
to victimize by a bunko.
Origin of bunko
1880-85; shortened form of bunkum; cf. -o Unabridged
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  • bunco grinned at this, and observed that it was “time for hims be go sleep.”

    Over the Rocky Mountains R.M. Ballantyne
  • The active trapper and bunco were at their heels in a moment.

    Over the Rocky Mountains R.M. Ballantyne
  • You try to bunco me and now you conspire with an imbecile to humble me into the dust.

    Old Ebenezer

    Opie Read
  • At this point bunco was interrupted by a shout of “Land ho!”

    Lost in the Forest R.M. Ballantyne
  • Dey do us no harm,” said bunco, grinning, “only chok full ob fun!

    Lost in the Forest R.M. Ballantyne
  • They judged by the calibre of the men interested, and branded it a bunco game.

  • Giovanni had no bad habits, and the bunco man failed to lure him.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim
  • If we are truthful with ourselves we acknowledge a share of the bunco game.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • Ever see so many tin-horns and bunco people bunched in all your round-ups?

    A Fool For Love Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for bunco


noun (pl) -cos, -kos
a swindle, esp one by confidence tricksters
verb -cos, -coing, -coed, -kos, -koing, -koed
(transitive) to swindle; cheat
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from Spanish banca bank (in gambling), from Italian bancabank1


noun, verb
a variant spelling of bunco
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Slang definitions & phrases for bunco



: a bunco scheme/ the police bunco squad (1872+)


(also bunco game)A swindle; con game, scam (1872+)


To swindle; defraud; flimflam: He was buncoed out of his seat in the House (1875+)

[said to be fr Banco, the name given in the 1850s by a crooked US gambler to the older game ''Eight-Dice Cloth''; Banco was probably based on Spanish banca, a card game similar to monte]


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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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