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[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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Examples from the Web for bunko
Historical Examples
  • Say, you give me back my eighteen dollars, or I'll——You'll try your bunko game on me, will you?

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Pa says he thinks I was cut out for a bunko steerer, and I may look for that kind of a job.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
  • He cited the operations of bunko swindlers, gamblers and bandits and declared that the city was "wide open."

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • There were no burglaries, gambling, picking of pockets, bunko swindling or handbook betting.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • He tries to tell me that this minin' business is all a bunko game, and that there's a paper out for the boss.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for bunko


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



: 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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