[ guh-zuhmp ]
/ gəˈzʌmp /
British Slang.

verb (used with object)

to cheat (a house buyer) by raising the price, at the time a contract is to be signed, over the amount originally agreed upon.


an act of gazumping.

Origin of gazump

First recorded in 1925–30; earlier gazoomph to swindle, argot word of uncertain origin

Related forms

ga·zump·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gazump


/ (ɡəˈzʌmp) British /


to raise the price of something, esp a house, after agreeing a price verbally with (an intending buyer)
(tr) to swindle or overcharge


the act or an instance of gazumping

Derived Forms

gazumper, noun

Word Origin for gazump

C20: of uncertain origin
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