noun shy·lock \ˈshī-ˌläk\

Definition of SHYLOCK

capitalized :  the Jewish usurer and antagonist of Antonio in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

First Known Use of SHYLOCK

circa 1597

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


intransitive verb

Definition of SHYLOCK

:  to lend money at high rates of interest <exposé of systematic thievery…shylocking, and murder — Current Biography>

First Known Use of SHYLOCK

circa 1934


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