verb (used with object)
Origin of bilk
Synonyms for bilk
Related Words for bilkfleece, con, deceive, defraud, swindle, overreach, do, rook, thwart, beat, ruin, snow, frustrate, trick, foil, gyp, disappoint, circumvent, bamboozle, flimflam
Examples from the Web for bilk
Contemporary Examples of bilk
The lawsuit alleged that Danone used these claims to bilk consumers out of more than $100 million.Your Probiotic Is Probably B.S.
June 25, 2014
"He told me Andrew had tried to bilk $50 million out of Mrs. Mellon," said Toben.Witness Testifies He Took Rielle Hunter to an Airport in the Dead of Night
May 8, 2012
Con artists routinely hack into accounts to impersonate people and bilk money from strangers.Catfish's Photo Fraud Victim
October 4, 2010
Historical Examples of bilk
The whole meeting, in fact, was what is vulgarly called a bilk.Merry-Garden and Other Stories
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He's expecting a cablegram—this duffer, this scrub, this bilk!The American Claimant
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
We observe that a new planet has been discovered at Bilk, in Germany.
"I shan't, sir; you only wants to bilk master, and bolt," replied the waiter.Mornings at Bow Street
This gaffer contrived to 'bilk' all the turnpikes in the kingdom.The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims
Word Origin for bilk
1650s, from or along with the noun (1630s), first used as a cribbage term; as a verb, "to spoil (someone's) score." Origin obscure, it was believed in 17c. to be "a word signifying nothing;" perhaps it s a thinned form of balk "to hinder." Meaning "to defraud" is first recorded 1670s. Related: Bilked; bilking.