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  1. a person who cheats or defrauds others:The swindler Charles Ponzi became infamous for the money scheme that was later named after him.

Origin of swindler

First recorded in 1765–75; from German Schwindler “irresponsible person, promoter of wildcat schemes, cheat,” derivative of schwindeln “to be dizzy (hence be dizzy-minded, be irresponsible), defraud,” equivalent to schwind- (cognate with Old English swindan “to languish”) + -(e)l- + -er; cf. -le, -er1

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