Origin of shilling
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of shill
Related Words for shillinglure, fascinate, seduce, ensnare, entice, tempt, mislead, delude, allure, tout, trap, deceive, toll, wile, inveigle, steer, con, shill, mousetrap, ensorcell
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Contemporary Examples of shilling
Kate Moss's Self Tanner: Kate Moss is now shilling self-tanner.Phillip Lim is Target's Next Guest Designer; Kate Moss Shills Self Tanner
The Fashion Beast Team
May 9, 2013
The hootenanny on political websites about the contest being up for grabs is shilling for advertising dollars.Newt Gingrich, Comic Diva: His New Reign of Terror
January 23, 2012
Shilling, a native of Arkansas, pleaded guilty to a pair of wire-fraud counts last July.
Before the body was sent to the crematorium, Shilling and Crump filled the casket with animal bones, meat, and a mannequin.
Many admirers of the once “radical” Mansfield, assumed this must have been a result of having taken the Fayed shilling.Diana Landmine Conspiracies Return
June 6, 2010
Historical Examples of shilling
Ay, that is a thirteen, plase your honour; all as one as an English shilling.
I threw them a shilling: the hay-rope was withdrawn, and at last we went on.
Kirkwood slapped a shilling down on the ticket-window ledge.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
A shilling of it is in case of accidents—the mare casting a shoe, or the like of that.Barnaby Rudge
The price of a mass varies from a shilling to one pound sterling.Roman Catholicism in Spain
Word Origin for shilling
Word Origin for shill
Old English scilling, a coin consisting of a varying number of pence (on the continent, a common scale was 12 pennies to a shilling, 20 shillings to a pound), from Proto-Germanic *skillingoz- (cf. Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Old Frisian, Old High German skilling, Old Norse skillingr, Dutch schelling, German Schilling, Gothic skilliggs).
Some etymologists trace this to the root *skell- "to resound, to ring," and others to the root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut" (perhaps via sense of "shield" from resemblance or as a device on coins; see shield (n.)). The ending may represent the diminutive suffix -ling, or Germanic -ing "fractional part" (cf. farthing). Old Church Slavonic skulezi, Polish szelang, Spanish escalin, French schelling, Italian scellino are loan-words from Germanic.
"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.
see cut off (with a shilling).