from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A card game played usually with the highest 32 cards, in which each player is dealt 5 cards and the player making the trump is required to take at least 3 tricks to win.
  • noun The act of euchring an opponent.
  • transitive verb To prevent (an opponent) from taking 3 tricks in euchre.
  • transitive verb To deceive by sly or underhand means; cheat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A game of cards played by two, three, or four persons with the 32, 28, or 24 highest cards of the pack.
  • noun The winning of at least three tricks in a hand, in a game of euchre, from the side which makes the trump: as, that is a euchre.
  • In the game of euchre, to win a hand over, when an opponent has ordered up, taken up, or named the trump, thus securing two points; hence, to turn the tables on; defeat; get the better of. See the noun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A game at cards, that may be played by two, three, or four persons, the highest card (except when an extra card called the Joker is used) being the knave of the same suit as the trump, and called right bower, the lowest card used being the seven, or frequently, in two-handed euchre, the nine spot. See bower.
  • transitive verb To defeat, in a game of euchre, the side that named the trump.
  • transitive verb Slang. To defeat or foil thoroughly in any scheme.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun card games A game played with a reduced deck of 24 cards.
  • verb To deceive.

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

  • noun a card game similar to ecarte; each player is dealt 5 cards and the player making trump must take 3 tricks to win a hand


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

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  • as in cheat or trick

    February 26, 2007

  • It would be interesting to see what connection this has to the card game of the same name.

    February 26, 2007

  • Citation on febrifuge.

    July 30, 2008

  • OED: trans. At euchre: To gain the advantage over (an adversary) by his failure to take three tricks: see the n. Hence transf. to outwit, ‘do’, ‘best’. Also, to euchre (a person) out of (a thing).

    May 29, 2009