from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of bunco.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of bunco.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of swindling game or scheme, originally by means of cards or by a sham lottery, but now used for any swindling tactic.
  • transitive v. To swindle by a bunko game or scheme; to cheat or victimize in any similar way, as by a confidence game, passing a bad check, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To victimize, as by a bunko-man.
  • n. A swindle practised by two or more confederates upon a stranger (generally by gaining his confidence on the ground of alleged previous acquaintance with himself or some of his friends), who is allured to a house, and there fleeced at some game, openly robbed, or otherwise victimized. Also called bunko-game.

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

  • n. a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property


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  • This scheme central the functioning of Wall Street is the definition of the traditional "confidence trick" also known as a bunko, hustle, scam or swindle.

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  • If you roll three of any kind you gain 5 points, and if you roll three of that round's number (called a bunko) your instantly score 21.

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  • Smoke theire Tobacco after a very meane, but I judge Original manner, Onely ye leafe rowled up, and light one end, holdinge ye other between their lips ... this is called a bunko, and by ye Portugals a Cheroota. "

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  • Badger, when you get back from fag bunko please feed my Snatchtrucker.


  • And no matter what the glue may be bunko, books, sewing, golf, coffee, etc, one thing is certain.

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  • It's a good one to play when you want to have a conversation in conjunction with the game - a bit like bunko.

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  • There's even a book called Snake Oil Science, written by a biostatistician and senior Research Methodologist at the University of Maryland, that tells us why alternative and complementary medicine lies somewhere between bunko and hokum.

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  • President Obama is out there right now laying it on thick with three primary promotional touts, all of which are such transparent bunko it is astounding that they even need to be debunked.

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  • The Enemies will mainly direct their justified ire at Acme, and will be financed through taxpayers money, through some non-Government Organization bunko scheme, which is quite common these days.

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  • I tested this on lots of people -- the manager of our grocery store, ladies at a bunko party and my doctor's office.

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