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See synonyms for: bilkbilkedbilker on

verb (used with object)
  1. to defraud; cheat: He bilked the government of almost a million dollars.

  2. to evade payment of (a debt).

  1. to frustrate: a career bilked by poor health.

  2. to escape from; elude: to bilk one's pursuers.

  1. a cheat; swindler.

  2. a trick; fraud; deceit.

Origin of bilk

First recorded in 1625–35; of obscure origin

Other words for bilk

Other words from bilk

  • bilker, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bilk in a sentence

  • Were the owners and occupiers of the blocks of offices paid for them, or were they bilked like the hotel proprietors?

  • Don't tell me you bilked 'em all so 'andily on settin' that 'ouse afire.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • But she is almost twenty; she is amazingly swift behind the bar, and no man has yet bilked her of a penny.

    An Ocean Tramp | William McFee

British Dictionary definitions for bilk


/ (bɪlk) /

  1. to balk; thwart

  2. (often foll by of) to cheat or deceive, esp to avoid making payment to

  1. to escape from; elude

  2. cribbage to play a card that hinders (one's opponent) from scoring in his or her crib

  1. a swindle or cheat

  2. a person who swindles or cheats

Origin of bilk

C17: perhaps variant of balk

Derived forms of bilk

  • bilker, noun

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