shill

[ shil ]
/ ʃɪl /
Slang.

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. shikibuton,
  2. shikoku,
  3. shiksa,
  4. shilh,
  5. shilha,
  6. shillelagh,
  7. shilling,
  8. shilling mark,
  9. shillong,
  10. shilluk

Origin of shill

First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for shilled

shill

/ (ʃɪl) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for shilled

shill

n.

"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.

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