- a relentless and revengeful moneylender in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
- a hard-hearted moneylender.
- (lowercase) to lend money at extortionate rates of interest.
Related Words for shylockbanker, bank, swindler, shark, Shylock, backer, pawnbroker, moneylender, pawnshop, usurer, granter, lender, broker
Examples from the Web for shylock
Historical Examples of shylock
The play went on—Shylock appeared—I forgot every thing but him.
But he was as unlike to Shylock as it is possible to conceive.
The landlord threw up his arms like Shylock at the loss of his money-bags.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Besides, there is a dash of Shylock in every Jew that ever breathed.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Then she said to Shylock, "Be merciful: take the money, and bid me tear the bond."Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
- a heartless or demanding creditor
Word Origin for Shylock
"usurer, merciless creditor," 1786, from Jewish money-lender character in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" (c.1596).