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[swin-dld] /ˈswɪn dld/
adjective, Jewelry.
(of a gem) cut so as to retain the maximum weight of the original stone or to give a false impression of size, especially by having the table too large.
Origin of swindled


[swin-dl] /ˈswɪn dl/
verb (used with object), swindled, swindling.
to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
to obtain by fraud or deceit.
verb (used without object), swindled, swindling.
to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.
an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
anything deceptive; a fraud:
This advertisement is a real swindle.
1775-85; back formation from swindler < German Schwindler irresponsible person, promoter of wildcat schemes, cheat, derivative of schwindeln to be dizzy (hence dizzy-minded, irresponsible), defraud, equivalent to schwind- (akin to Old English swindan to languish) + -(e)l- -le + -er -er1
Related forms
swindleable, adjective
swindler, noun
swindlingly, adverb
outswindle, verb (used with object), outswindled, outswindling.
1. cozen, dupe, trick, gull. Unabridged
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  • "It would not have been justifiable if the rogue had not first swindled me out of the money," replied the naval officer.

    Fighting for the Right Oliver Optic
  • I mentioned the fellow who had swindled him of his donkey upon the road.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • "Maybe that gambler your friend wrote about is the same one who swindled you," suggested Jed.

    Two Boy Gold Miners Frank V. Webster
  • "I—I was swindled out of my share of that mine," he said harshly.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • But I want the money you've swindled that poor boy and girl upstairs out of—and I mean to have it.

    The Prude's Progress Jerome K. Jerome
  • "You have been swindled, Bohmer," said the Queen's lady promptly.

British Dictionary definitions for swindled


to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
(transitive) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
a fraudulent scheme or transaction
Derived Forms
swindler, noun
Word Origin
C18: back formation from German Schwindler, from schwindeln, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan to disappear
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Word Origin and History for swindled



1782, back-formation from swindler. Related: Swindled; swindling. As a noun from 1833.

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