- 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 cheating
Due to the video lacking audio, what they were fighting about remains a mystery—“was Jay cheating?”Yoncé Said Knock You Out: The Solange and Jay Z Story
December 29, 2014
Gutierrez tries unsuccessfully to insinuate that Jay was cheating on Stephanie, suggesting ulterior motives.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession
December 11, 2014
Businesses have been cheating American workers for three decades.It’s Always Black Friday for Clerks
November 28, 2014
The callers generally wanted to know, she says, “does he love me, will she love me, is he cheating?”Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline
November 20, 2014
It dawned on Davis (not her real name) that her boyfriend may be cheating.Dissed By Her Doctor for Wanting HIV Protection
September 6, 2014
Does it change the fact that you belong to God; that you are cheating Him out of His own property?
I'm not in the habit of cheating, nor of being told that I do, so I was not prepared with an answer.
She used to say it was no cheating of the minister to feed the minister's boys.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
That was Caley's last race; he'd been cheating the undertakers for years.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
But because of the dual constitution of things, in labor as in life there can be no cheating.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 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 cheating
"deceptiveness, swindling," 1530s, verbal noun from cheat (v.).
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.