from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle.
- intransitive v. To act as a shill.
- transitive v. To act as a shill for (a deceitful enterprise).
- transitive v. To lure (a person) into a swindle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. To promote or endorse in return for payment, especially dishonestly.
- v. To put under cover; to sheal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To shell.
- transitive v. To put under cover; to sheal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A variant of sheal.
- To sound; shrill.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. act as a shill
- n. a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others
Perhaps short for shillaber.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)