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swindle

[swin-dl] /ˈswɪn dl/
verb (used with object), swindled, swindling.
1.
to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
2.
to obtain by fraud or deceit.
verb (used without object), swindled, swindling.
3.
to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.
noun
4.
an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
5.
anything deceptive; a fraud:
This advertisement is a real swindle.
Origin of swindle
1775-1785
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.
Synonyms
1. cozen, dupe, trick, gull.
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  • It was a trifle disconcerting to discover that she was the daughter of a swindler.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • Did you ever hear of a case in which a swindler was swindled?

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • If he is a swindler, I certainly hope that sooner or later they expose him.

  • "swindler, thief, scoundrel," were the terms he had thought of.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • The swindler was not there, nor was he on the adjoining roof.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
British Dictionary definitions for swindler

swindle

/ˈswɪndəl/
verb
1.
to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
2.
(transitive) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
noun
3.
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 swindler
n.

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.

swindle

v.

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

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