[ buhng-koh ]
/ ˈbʌŋ koʊ /

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

Nearby words

  1. buncher resonator,
  2. bunches,
  3. bunchflower,
  4. bunching onion,
  5. bunchy,
  6. buncombe,
  7. bund,
  8. bundaberg,
  9. bundelkhand,
  10. bundesrat


or bun·co

[ buhng-koh ]
/ ˈbʌŋ koʊ /

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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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


/ (ˈbʌŋkəʊ) /

noun, verb

a variant spelling of bunco
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