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swindle

[swin-dl]
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verb (used with object), swin·dled, swin·dling.
  1. to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
  2. to obtain by fraud or deceit.
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verb (used without object), swin·dled, swin·dling.
  1. to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.
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noun
  1. an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
  2. anything deceptive; a fraud: This advertisement is a real swindle.
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Origin of swindle

1775–85; back formation from swindler < German Schwindler irresponsible person, promoter of wildcat schemes, cheat, derivative of schwindeln to be dizzy (hence dizzy-minded, irresponsible), defraud, equivalent to schwind- (akin to Old English swindan to languish) + -(e)l- -le + -er -er1
Related formsswin·dle·a·ble, adjectiveswin·dler, nounswin·dling·ly, adverbout·swin·dle, verb (used with object), out·swin·dled, out·swin·dling.

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Related Words for swindle

scam, hoax, deceit, racket, deception, extortion, rip-off, extort, fleece, hoodwink, bilk, gouge, dupe, overcharge, deceive, victimize, defraud, con, sell, imposition

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British Dictionary definitions for swindle

swindle

verb
  1. to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
  2. (tr) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
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noun
  1. a fraudulent scheme or transaction
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Derived Formsswindler, noun

Word Origin for swindle

C18: back formation from German Schwindler, from schwindeln, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan to disappear
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Word Origin and History for swindle

v.

1782, back-formation from swindler. Related: Swindled; swindling. As a noun from 1833.

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