swindle

verb
swin·​dle | \ ˈswin-dᵊl How to pronounce swindle (audio) \
swindled; swindling\ ˈswin(d)-​liŋ How to pronounce swindle (audio) , ˈswin-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of swindle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to obtain money or property by fraud or deceit

transitive verb

: to take money or property from by fraud or deceit

swindle

noun

Definition of swindle (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of swindling : fraud

Other Words from swindle

Verb

swindler \ ˈswin(d)-​lər How to pronounce swindle (audio) , ˈswin-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

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Verb

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

Examples of swindle in a Sentence

Verb hundreds of people were swindled out of their savings, and all they had to show for it were fake land deeds Noun a swindle that involved selling a lot of land that really didn't exist identity theft has become one of the most frequent and feared swindles of our time
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Collaborating with his sister Ruth, Correa planned to swindle Matthew Lindquist, a 21-year old heroin addict, in a deal for a safe containing Lindquist’s father’s guns. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 14 Dec. 2021 That wasn’t good enough for Team Britney, which swiftly accused Jamie Spears of scheming to swindle $2 million in payments before officially relinquishing control of his daughter’s finances. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 That wasn’t enough for Team Britney, which swiftly accused Jamie Spears of scheming to swindle $2 million in payments before officially relinquishing control of his daughter’s finances. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 John Christopher Colletti, 56, pleaded guilty to wire and identity fraud for his plot that enabled him to swindle more than $125,740 from unsuspecting gamblers at multiple casinos in two states. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 7 Apr. 2021 In Heartbreakers, mother-daughter team Max and Page work to seduce and swindle unsuspecting rich men. Ilana Kaplan, Vulture, 29 Mar. 2021 White Americans flocked to the area, doing their best to cajole, swindle, control or marry into the wealth -- even murdering to get the rights to the oil, said Carol Connor, who runs the Fairfax Chief local newspaper. Sara Sidner, Mallory Simon And Anna-maja Rappard, CNN, 25 Mar. 2021 This roundup of history’s notorious female con artists brings dark humor while examining how these women across centuries were able to so artfully swindle their victims. Lauren Levy, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2021 Most egregiously, Trump pardoned his longtime adviser Stephen K. Bannon, who had been charged with fraud and money laundering in an alleged scheme to swindle supporters of Trump's border wall. Star Tribune, 23 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term. Bernard Mcghee, ajc, 10 Dec. 2021 The infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term. Bernard Mcghee, ajc, 10 Dec. 2021 The infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term. Bernard Mcghee, ajc, 10 Dec. 2021 The scale of the three-year swindle stunned investors, who hired lawyers in California to file long-shot lawsuits to recover losses. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2021 The infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term. Bernard Mcghee, ajc, 10 Dec. 2021 The scale of Shi’s three-year swindle stunned investors, who hired lawyers in California to file long-shot lawsuits to recover losses. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 The infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term. Bernard Mcghee, Chron, 2 Dec. 2021 The three-year swindle started with Shi promising to build a trendy resort in the Coachella desert and ended with her shuffling through an L.A. courtroom in a beige jail jumpsuit with chains on her wrists and shackles on her ankles. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of swindle

Verb

1773, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1778, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swindle

Verb

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

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17 Dec 2021

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“Swindle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swindle. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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swindle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swindle

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

swindle

verb
swin·​dle | \ ˈswin-dəl How to pronounce swindle (audio) \
swindled; swindling

Kids Definition of swindle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to get money or property from dishonestly : cheat

swindle

noun

Kids Definition of swindle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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