- (sometimes used with a plural verb) a group of methods for obtaining money falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, dishonest gambling, etc.
- money obtained from such practices.
- to profit by the use of grift: a man known to have grifted for many years.
- to obtain (money or other profit) by grift.
Origin of grift
First recorded in 1910–15; perhaps alteration of graft2
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Word Origin and History for grifting
1906 (n.); 1915 (v.), U.S. underworld slang, perhaps a corruption of graft (2).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper