American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle.
- v. To act as a shill.
- v. To act as a shill for (a deceitful enterprise).
- v. To lure (a person) into a swindle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person paid to endorse a product favourably, while pretending to be impartial.
- n. An accomplice at a confidence trick during an auction or gambling game.
- v. pejorative To promote or endorse in return for payment, especially dishonestly.
- v. To put under cover; to sheal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Obs. or Prov. Eng. To shell.
- v. Prov.ng. To put under cover; to sheal.
- v. act as a shill
- n. a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others
- Unknown; attested as verb 1914, as noun 1916. Perhaps an abbreviation of shillaber, attested 1913. The word entered English via carny, originally denoting a carnival worker who pretends to be a member of the audience in an attempt to elicit interest in an attraction. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps short for shillaber. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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