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shill

verb \ ˈshil \
Updated on: 10 Apr 2018

Definition of shill

1 : to act as a shill
2 : to act as a spokesperson or promoter
  • the eminent Shakespearean producer … is now shilling for a brokerage house
  • —Andy Rooney

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Origin and Etymology of shill


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shill

noun

Definition of shill

1 a : one who acts as a decoy (as for a pitchman or gambler)
b : one who makes a sales pitch or serves as a promoter
2 : pitch 8a

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Origin and Etymology of shill

perhaps short for shillaber, of unknown origin

SHILL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of shill for English Language Learners

  • : to talk about or describe someone or something in a favorable way because you are being paid to do it



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