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grift

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verb \ˈgrift\

Definition of grift

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to obtain (money) illicitly (as in a confidence game)

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to acquire money or property illicitly

grift noun
grifter noun


Did You Know?

Grift was born in the argot of the underworld, a realm in which a "grifter" might be a pickpocket, a crooked gambler, or a confidence man-any criminal who relied on skill and wits rather than physical violence-and to be "on the grift" was to make a living by stings and clever thefts. "Grift" may have evolved from "graft," a slightly older word meaning "to acquire dishonestly," but its exact origins are uncertain. We do know that the verb "grift" first finagled its way into print in 1915 in George Bronson-Howard's God's Man: "Grifting ain't what it used to be. Fourteenth Street's got protection down to a system-a regular underworld tariff on larceny."

Origin of grift

grift, noun, perhaps alteration of graft


First Known Use: 1915

Rhymes with grift


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