verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of cheat
Synonyms for cheat
Related Words for cheathypocrite, trickster, impostor, rascal, crook, swindler, rogue, charlatan, chicanery, scam, trickery, fraud, deception, swindle, mislead, fleece, hoodwink, delude, bilk, con
Examples from the Web for cheat
Contemporary Examples of cheat
Cheat, in other words—on God, on our fellow man, ultimately, on ourselves.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
If a Queen did cheat, her crimes fade into insignificance compared to the extensive philandering engaged in by medieval monarchs.The Sex Life of King Richard III's Randy Great Great Great Grandfather
December 4, 2014
Clients who are wary of online transactions are liable to see escorts with print ads as less likely to cheat or scam them.The Importance of Adult Classifieds
September 6, 2014
Vennare adds that cheat days can occasionally do more harm than good.
And if so, is it possible to “cheat” without feeling the effects or seeing them on the scale?
Historical Examples of cheat
He so humble, so aged, so loth to take our money—and yet a villain and a cheat.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Bacillus is a cheat; every woman to her lover is the most beautiful!The Bacillus of Beauty
We thought it no harm to cheat the people of the canteens, for we knew they were doing all they could to cheat us.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
He was fond of saying indelicate things, and used to cheat at cards.
A conspiracy between speech and action to cheat the understanding.
Word Origin for cheat
mid-15c., "to escheat," a shortening of Old French escheat, legal term for revision of property to the state when the owner dies without heirs, literally "that which falls to one," past participle of escheoir "befall by chance, happen, devolve," from Vulgar Latin *excadere "to fall away," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Also cf. escheat. The royal officers evidently had a low reputation. Meaning evolved through "confiscate" (mid-15c.) to "deprive unfairly" (1580s). To cheat on (someone) "be sexually unfaithful" first recorded 1934. Related: Cheated; cheating.
late 14c., "forfeited property," from cheat (v.). Meaning "a deceptive act" is from 1640s; earlier, in thieves' jargon, it meant "a stolen thing" (late 16c.), and earlier still "dice" (1530s). Meaning "a swindler" is from 1660s.