noun, plural bun·cos, verb, bun·coed, bun·co·ing.


or bun·co


noun, plural bun·kos.

a swindle in which a person is cheated at gambling, persuaded to buy a nonexistent, unsalable, or worthless object, or otherwise victimized.
any misrepresentation.

verb (used with object), bun·koed, bun·ko·ing.

to victimize by a bunko.

Origin of bunko

1880–85; shortened form of bunkum; cf. -o
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Examples from the Web for bunco

Contemporary Examples of bunco

Historical Examples of bunco

  • Bunco grinned at this, and observed that it was “time for hims be go sleep.”

  • The active trapper and Bunco were at their heels in a moment.

  • You try to bunco me and now you conspire with an imbecile to humble me into the dust.

    Old Ebenezer

    Opie Read

  • At this point Bunco was interrupted by a shout of “Land ho!”

    Lost in the Forest

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Dey do us no harm,” said Bunco, grinning, “only chok full ob fun!

    Lost in the Forest

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for bunco



US informal

noun plural -cos or -kos

a swindle, esp one by confidence tricksters

verb -cos, -coing, -coed, -kos, -koing or -koed

(tr) to swindle; cheat

Word Origin for bunco

C19: perhaps from Spanish banca bank (in gambling), from Italian banca bank 1


noun, verb

a variant spelling of bunco
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