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swindle

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verb swin·dle \ˈswin-dəl\

Simple Definition of swindle

  • : to take money or property from (someone) by using lies or tricks

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of swindle

swindled

swindling

play \ˈswin(d)-liŋ, ˈswin-dəl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to obtain money or property by fraud or deceit

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to take money or property from by fraud or deceit

swindler

play \ˈswin(d)-lər, ˈswin-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of swindle in a sentence

  1. <hundreds of people were swindled out of their savings, and all they had to show for it were fake land deeds>



Origin and Etymology of swindle

back-formation from swindler, from German Schwindler giddy person, from schwindeln to be dizzy, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan to diminish, vanish; akin to Old English swindan to vanish


First Known Use: circa 1782

Synonym Discussion of swindle

cheat, cozen, defraud, swindle mean to get something by dishonesty or deception. cheat suggests using trickery that escapes observation <cheated me out of a dollar>. cozen implies artful persuading or flattering to attain a thing or a purpose <always able to cozen her grandfather out of a few dollars>. defraud stresses depriving one of his or her rights and usually connotes deliberate perversion of the truth <defrauded of her inheritance by an unscrupulous lawyer>. swindle implies large-scale cheating by misrepresentation or abuse of confidence <swindled of their savings by con artists>.

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swindle

noun swin·dle

Definition of swindle

  1. :  an act or instance of swindling :  fraud



Examples of swindle in a sentence

  1. <a swindle that involved selling a lot of land that really didn't exist>

  2. <identity theft has become one of the most frequent and feared swindles of our time>



1821

First Known Use of swindle

1821

Rhymes with swindle


SWINDLE Defined for Kids

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swindle

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verb swin·dle \ˈswin-dəl\

Definition of swindle for Students

swindled

swindling

  1. :  to get money or property from dishonestly :  cheat




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swindle

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noun swin·dle

Definition of swindle for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of getting money or property from someone dishonestly





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