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

loan shark

noun

Simple Definition of loan shark

  • : someone who lends money to people and charges a very high rate of interest

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of loan shark

  1. :  one who lends money to individuals at exorbitant rates of interest

1905

First Known Use of loan shark

1905


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to defraud especially of money

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

angry oily maudlin prompt
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ