Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who swindles, cheats or defrauds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who swindles, or defrauds grossly; one who makes a practice of defrauding others by imposition or deliberate artifice; a cheat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who swindles; one who defrauds or makes a practice of defrauding others; a cheat; a rogue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud

Etymologies

From German Schwindler. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Underneath his smooth veneer Rourke's Yankee swindler is sinister.

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  • Then he revealed to the surprised Lovel how Sir Arthur's foolish speculations, and especially his belief in a certain German swindler, named Dousterswivel, had caused him to engage in some very costly mining ventures, which were now almost certain to result in complete failure.

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  • Edward Kelley had been called a swindler, a cheat, a womanizer, and a drunkard.

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  • The swindler was a potter, and the woman told him that he ought to give her a load of pots.

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  • We say we have been swindled and oppressed, and we are quite ready and able to prove it before any tribunal that allows us to call a swindler a swindler.

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  • Handel was called a swindler, a drunkard, and a blasphemer, to whom Scripture even was not sacred.

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  • "You would have me steal away in secret, like what you English call a swindler!"

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  • When a merchant follows a similar mode -- when he purchases dear and sells cheap, he is called a swindler, and must soon become a bankrupt.

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  • Angrily describing Netanyahu as a "swindler" who plays "tricks" with peace – making, Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the PLO's executive committee, said the Israeli premier wants Palestinians to "become Zionists."

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  • Benítez sued Gámez and won the case because Gámez used expresions like "swindler", "liar", etc., but the ruling attracted a wide media atention and the papers commented the case with a "if-someone-is-lying-you-can-not-call-him-liar" approach that in the end it was Benítez who took the worst part, and the second series of his TV "documentary" was cancelled.

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