Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

bunco

noun bun·co \ˈbəŋ-(ˌ)kō\

Definition of bunco

plural buncos or bunkos

  1. :  a swindling game or scheme

bunco transitive verb


Examples of bunco

  1. <they were experts at that bunco, having fleeced wide-eyed tourists for years>



Variants of bunco

or bun·ko play \ˈbəŋ-(ˌ)kō\

Origin of bunco

perhaps alteration of Spanish banca bench, banking, bank in gambling, from Italian — more at bank


First Known Use: 1872

Rhymes with bunco


Learn More about bunco


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bunco? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ