Definitions

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  • n. A vagrant; a cheat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vagrant; a cheat.
  • v. To deceive; to cheat; to trick.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To practise begging, especially under the pretense of being a wounded or disbanded soldier; play the swindler; live by begging. Also skilder.
  • To swindle, especially by assuming to be a worn-out soldier; hence, in general, to cheat; trick; defraud.
  • n. A vagrant; a swindler.

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Examples

  • “I swear to you,” continued the scrivener “they are in no way at my disposal — they have been delivered to me by tale — I am to pay them over to Lord Dalgarno, whose boy waits for them, and I could not skelder one piece out of them, without risk of hue and cry.”

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • "I swear to you," continued the scrivener "they are in no way at my disposal -- they have been delivered to me by tale -- I am to pay them over to Lord Dalgarno, whose boy waits for them, and I could not skelder one piece out of them, without risk of hue and cry."

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • 'an honest, decayed commander cannot skelder, cheat, nor be seen in a bawdy house, but he shall be straight in one of their wormwood comedies.'

    Shakspere and Montaigne

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