[ skam ]
See synonyms for: scamscammedscammingscammer on

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

verb (used with object),scammed, scam·ming.
  1. to cheat or defraud with a scam.

Origin of scam

1960–65; originally carnival argot; of obscure origin

Other words from scam

  • scammer, noun

Words that may be confused with scam

Words Nearby scam Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use scam in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for scam


/ (skæm) slang /

  1. a stratagem for gain; a swindle

verbscams, scamming or scammed
  1. (tr) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick

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