- a person who poses as a customer in order to decoy others into participating, as at a gambling house, auction, confidence game, etc.
- a person who publicizes or praises something or someone for reasons of self-interest, personal profit, or friendship or loyalty.
- to work as a shill: He shills for a large casino.
- to advertise or promote (a product) as or in the manner of a huckster; hustle: He was hired to shill a new TV show.
Origin of shill
Examples from the Web for shill
Professional bloggers essentially get paid to shill the clothes they like and travel the world—to be influencers.Tavi Gevinson: From Teen Fashion Queen to Broadway Star
July 12, 2014
He is also quite happy to shill for garcinia cambogia, which he calls the “newest, fastest fat-buster.”Dr. Oz: World’s Best Snake Oil Salesman
June 14, 2014
Haaretz, no Netanyahu shill, recently publicized a poll reflecting the Israeli consensus belief in a two-state solution.Israel 2013 Is Not Bibi’s Israel
January 23, 2013
Contrary to the claims of the Daily Kos crowd, Third Way is not a shill for corporations.DLC Shut Down: The Democrats’ New Power Base
February 9, 2011
The shill led the way to an eight-foot tower mounted on gimbals.Gambler's World
John Keith Laumer
I got mixed up with the Philip on the shilling, and I kept yelling, Shill!The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor
Annie Fellows Johnston
I shill have the whole town on my side, you may be certain of that!Three Comedies
Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
That is, he needed no more assistance that most magicians do—a shill in the audience.
In this particular case, the shill was his brother, Leonard Poe.
- slang a confidence trickster's assistant, esp a person who poses as an ordinary customer, gambler, etc, in order to entice others to participate
Word Origin and History for shill
"one who acts as a decoy for a gambler, auctioneer, etc.," 1916, probably originally circus or carnival argot, probably a shortened form of shillaber (1913) with the same meaning, origin unknown. The verb is attested from 1914. Related: Shilled; shilling.