[ shil ]
/ ʃɪl /
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.
verb (used without object)
to work as a shill: He shills for a large casino.
verb (used with object)
to advertise or promote (a product) as or in the manner of a huckster; hustle: He was hired to shill a new TV show.
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Origin of shill
First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain
Words nearby shill
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Example sentences from the Web for shilled
She never wowed the nation with her athletic prowess, shilled in countless car commercials, or entertained in film comedies.
Jamie Jungers is starring in an ad, Ashley Dupré is promoting the New York Post—even Monica shilled for Jenny Craig.
British Dictionary definitions for shilled
/ (ʃɪl) /
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 for shill
C20: perhaps shortened from shillaber a circus barker, of unknown origin
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