[ chous ]
/ tʃaʊs /

verb (used with object), choused, chous·ing.

to swindle; cheat (often followed by of or out of).


a swindle.
Archaic. a swindler.
Archaic. a dupe.

Nearby words

  1. chou shu-jen,
  2. choucroute,
  3. chouette,
  4. chough,
  5. choukoutien,
  6. choux,
  7. choux pastry,
  8. chow,
  9. chow chow,
  10. chow down

Origin of chouse

First recorded in 1600–10; perhaps to be identified with chiaus

Related formschous·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for chouse



"swindler, swindle," 1650s, said to be from Turkish chaush "sergeant, herald, messenger," but the sense connection is obscure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper