- a cupronickel coin and former monetary unit of the United Kingdom, the 20th part of a pound, equal to 12 pence: retained in circulation equal to 5 new pence after decimalization in 1971. Abbreviation: s.
- a former monetary unit of various other nations, as Australia, Fiji, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Nigeria, equal to one twentieth of a pound or 12 pence.
- the monetary unit of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda, equal to 100 cents.
- any of various coins and moneys of account used in various parts of the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries.
- shilling mark.
Origin of shilling
- 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 shilling
Kate Moss's Self Tanner: Kate Moss is now shilling self-tanner.Phillip Lim is Target's Next Guest Designer; Kate Moss Shills Self Tanner
The Fashion Beast Team
May 9, 2013
The hootenanny on political websites about the contest being up for grabs is shilling for advertising dollars.Newt Gingrich, Comic Diva: His New Reign of Terror
January 23, 2012
Shilling, a native of Arkansas, pleaded guilty to a pair of wire-fraud counts last July.
Before the body was sent to the crematorium, Shilling and Crump filled the casket with animal bones, meat, and a mannequin.
Many admirers of the once “radical” Mansfield, assumed this must have been a result of having taken the Fayed shilling.Diana Landmine Conspiracies Return
June 6, 2010
Ay, that is a thirteen, plase your honour; all as one as an English shilling.
I threw them a shilling: the hay-rope was withdrawn, and at last we went on.
Kirkwood slapped a shilling down on the ticket-window ledge.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
A shilling of it is in case of accidents—the mare casting a shoe, or the like of that.Barnaby Rudge
The price of a mass varies from a shilling to one pound sterling.Roman Catholicism in Spain
- a former British and Australian silver or cupronickel coin worth one twentieth of a pound: not minted in Britain since 1970Abbreviation: s, sh
- the standard monetary unit of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda: divided into 100 cents
- an old monetary unit of the US varying in value in different states
- (in combination) Scot an indication of the strength and character of a beer, referring to the price after duty that was formerly paid per barrelsixty-shilling Symbol: /-
- 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 shilling
Old English scilling, a coin consisting of a varying number of pence (on the continent, a common scale was 12 pennies to a shilling, 20 shillings to a pound), from Proto-Germanic *skillingoz- (cf. Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Old Frisian, Old High German skilling, Old Norse skillingr, Dutch schelling, German Schilling, Gothic skilliggs).
Some etymologists trace this to the root *skell- "to resound, to ring," and others to the root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut" (perhaps via sense of "shield" from resemblance or as a device on coins; see shield (n.)). The ending may represent the diminutive suffix -ling, or Germanic -ing "fractional part" (cf. farthing). Old Church Slavonic skulezi, Polish szelang, Spanish escalin, French schelling, Italian scellino are loan-words from Germanic.
"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.