- to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
- to obtain by fraud or deceit.
- 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.
Origin of swindle
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Examples from the Web for swindler
The most ridiculous character in Pay Any Price may be Dennis Montgomery, who is described as an inveterate gambler and swindler.Speed Read: James Risen Indicts The War On Terror’s Costly Follies
October 14, 2014
From the start, we see him as he is: a despot and a swindler, a Dallas blue-blood with FBI ties, fleeing a violent past.This Week’s Hot Reads, July 15, 2013
Sarah Stodola, Jen Vafidis, Damaris Colhoun
July 15, 2013
Top Producerby Norb Vonnegut A financial thriller about a Bernie Madoff-like swindler.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
September 21, 2009
I will turn and face you,” the 71-year swindler in a Savile Row-tailored charcoal-gray suit said flatly: “I am sorry.The Madoff Message
Allan Dodds Frank
June 29, 2009
We designed and built the incredible Swindler Cove Park, which sits at the top of Harlem River Drive.Buddy, Can You Spare Three Million?
May 11, 2009
Did you ever hear of a case in which a swindler was swindled?Australia Revenged
It was a trifle disconcerting to discover that she was the daughter of a swindler.The Greater Power
If he is a swindler, I certainly hope that sooner or later they expose him.The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island
"Swindler, thief, scoundrel," were the terms he had thought of.Kept in the Dark
The swindler was not there, nor was he on the adjoining roof.The Rover Boys on the Farm
Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
- to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
- (tr) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
- a fraudulent scheme or transaction
Word Origin and History for swindler
1774, from German Schwindler "giddy person, extravagant speculator, cheat," from schwindeln "to be giddy, act extravagantly, swindle," from Old High German swintilon "be giddy," frequentative form of swintan "to languish, disappear;" cognate with Old English swindan, and probably with swima "dizziness." Said to have been introduced in London by German Jews c.1762.
1782, back-formation from swindler. Related: Swindled; swindling. As a noun from 1833.