American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cheat or defraud of money or property.
- v. To obtain by fraudulent means: swindled money from the company.
- v. To practice fraud as a means of obtaining money or property.
- n. The act or an instance of swindling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cheat or defraud. The word implies, commonly, recourse to petty and mean artifices for obtaining money which may or may not be strictly illegal.
- n. The act or process of swindling; a fraudulent scheme; an act of cheating; an imposition; a fraud.
- n. Anything that is deceptive or not what it is said or thought to be.
- v. transitive to defraud (someone)
- v. intransitive to obtain money or property by fraudulent or deceitful methods
- n. an instance of swindling
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cheat defraud grossly, or with deliberate artifice.
- n. The act or process of swindling; a cheat.
- n. the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
- v. deprive of by deceit
- Middle High German, from Old High German swintiln, frequentative of the verb swintan, compare Modern German schwindeln. (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from swindler, one who swindles, from German Schwindler, giddy person, cheat, from schwindeln, to be dizzy, swindle, from Middle High German, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan, to disappear. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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