- a person who poses as a customer in order to decoy others into participating, as at a gambling house, auction, confidence game, etc.
- a person who publicizes or praises something or someone for reasons of self-interest, personal profit, or friendship or loyalty.
- to work as a shill: He shills for a large casino.
- to advertise or promote (a product) as or in the manner of a huckster; hustle: He was hired to shill a new TV show.
Origin of shill
Examples from the Web for shilled
She never wowed the nation with her athletic prowess, shilled in countless car commercials, or entertained in film comedies.Worse Than O.J.!
July 5, 2011
Jamie Jungers is starring in an ad, Ashley Dupré is promoting the New York Post—even Monica shilled for Jenny Craig.From Sex Scandal to Corporate Brand
December 23, 2009
- slang a confidence trickster's assistant, esp a person who poses as an ordinary customer, gambler, etc, in order to entice others to participate
Word Origin and History for shilled
"one who acts as a decoy for a gambler, auctioneer, etc.," 1916, probably originally circus or carnival argot, probably a shortened form of shillaber (1913) with the same meaning, origin unknown. The verb is attested from 1914. Related: Shilled; shilling.