- to defraud; swindle: He cheated her out of her inheritance.
- to deceive; influence by fraud: He cheated us into believing him a hero.
- to elude; deprive of something expected: He cheated the law by suicide.
- to practice fraud or deceit: She cheats without regrets.
- to violate rules or regulations: He cheats at cards.
- to take an examination or test in a dishonest way, as by improper access to answers.
- Informal. to be sexually unfaithful (often followed by on): Her husband knew she had been cheating all along. He cheated on his wife.
- a person who acts dishonestly, deceives, or defrauds: He is a cheat and a liar.
- a fraud; swindle; deception: The game was a cheat.
- Law. the fraudulent obtaining of another's property by a pretense or trick.
- an impostor: The man who passed as an earl was a cheat.
Origin of cheat
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Examples from the Web for cheat
Cheat, in other words—on God, on our fellow man, ultimately, on ourselves.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
If a Queen did cheat, her crimes fade into insignificance compared to the extensive philandering engaged in by medieval monarchs.The Sex Life of King Richard III's Randy Great Great Great Grandfather
December 4, 2014
Clients who are wary of online transactions are liable to see escorts with print ads as less likely to cheat or scam them.The Importance of Adult Classifieds
September 6, 2014
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And if so, is it possible to “cheat” without feeling the effects or seeing them on the scale?
He so humble, so aged, so loth to take our money—and yet a villain and a cheat.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Bacillus is a cheat; every woman to her lover is the most beautiful!The Bacillus of Beauty
We thought it no harm to cheat the people of the canteens, for we knew they were doing all they could to cheat us.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
He was fond of saying indelicate things, and used to cheat at cards.
A conspiracy between speech and action to cheat the understanding.
- to deceive or practise deceit, esp for one's own gain; trick or swindle (someone)
- (intr) to obtain unfair advantage by trickery, as in a game of cards
- (tr) to escape or avoid (something unpleasant) by luck or cunningto cheat death
- (when intr, usually foll by on) informal to be sexually unfaithful to (one's wife, husband, or lover)
- a person who cheats
- a deliberately dishonest transaction, esp for gain; fraud
- informal sham
- law the obtaining of another's property by fraudulent means
- the usual US name for rye-brome
Word Origin and History for cheat
mid-15c., "to escheat," a shortening of Old French escheat, legal term for revision of property to the state when the owner dies without heirs, literally "that which falls to one," past participle of escheoir "befall by chance, happen, devolve," from Vulgar Latin *excadere "to fall away," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Also cf. escheat. The royal officers evidently had a low reputation. Meaning evolved through "confiscate" (mid-15c.) to "deprive unfairly" (1580s). To cheat on (someone) "be sexually unfaithful" first recorded 1934. Related: Cheated; cheating.
late 14c., "forfeited property," from cheat (v.). Meaning "a deceptive act" is from 1640s; earlier, in thieves' jargon, it meant "a stolen thing" (late 16c.), and earlier still "dice" (1530s). Meaning "a swindler" is from 1660s.