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scam

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noun

a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.

verb (used with object), scammed, scam·ming.

to cheat or defraud with a scam.

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RELATED WORDS

fraud, deception, blackmail, hoax, deceit, shakedown, racket, extortion, rip-off, sham, double-dealing, cheating, sting, flimflam, con, hustle, hosing, double-cross

Nearby words

scalping, scalpriform, scalprum, scaly, scaly anteater, scam, scamander, scambaiting, scamillus, scammer, scammony

Origin of scam

1960–65; orig. carnival argot; of obscure origin
Related formsscam·mer, noun
Can be confusedscam scan
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British Dictionary definitions for scam

scam

/ (skæm) slang /

noun

a stratagem for gain; a swindle

verb scams, scamming or scammed

(tr) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for scam

scam


1963, noun and verb, U.S. slang, a carnival term, of unknown origin. Perhaps related to 19c. British slang scamp "cheater, swindler" (see scamp (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper