from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cheat, trick
  • n. One who is easily cheated; a gullible person.
  • n. A trick; a sham.
  • n. A swindler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is easily cheated; a tool; a simpleton; a gull.
  • n. A trick; sham; imposition.
  • n. A swindler.
  • transitive v. To cheat, trick, defraud; -- followed by of, or out of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cheat; trick; swindle: often followed by of or out of: as, to chouse one out of his money.
  • n. A Turkish interpreter, messenger, or attendant.
  • n. A trick; a sham; an imposition.
  • n. An impostor; a cheat.
  • n. One who is easily cheated; a tool; a simpleton.

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

  • v. defeat someone through trickery or deceit


Probably from Turkish çavuş. (Wiktionary)