[ swin-dld ]
/ ˈswɪn dld /

adjective Jewelry.

(of a gem) cut so as to retain the maximum weight of the original stone or to give a false impression of size, especially by having the table too large.

Origin of swindled

Definition for swindled (2 of 2)

[ swin-dl ]
/ ˈswɪn dl /

verb (used with object), swin·dled, swin·dling.

to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
to obtain by fraud or deceit.

verb (used without object), swin·dled, swin·dling.

to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.


an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
anything deceptive; a fraud: This advertisement is a real swindle.

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


swin·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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British Dictionary definitions for swindled

/ (ˈswɪndəl) /


to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
(tr) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud


a fraudulent scheme or transaction

Derived forms of swindle

swindler, 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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