follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

gazump

[guh-zuhmp] /gəˈzʌmp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cheat (a house buyer) by raising the price, at the time a contract is to be signed, over the amount originally agreed upon.
noun
2.
an act of gazumping.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; earlier gazoomph to swindle, argot word of uncertain origin
Related forms
gazumper, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for gazump

gazump

/ɡəˈzʌmp/
verb
1.
to raise the price of something, esp a house, after agreeing a price verbally with (an intending buyer)
2.
(transitive) to swindle or overcharge
noun
3.
the act or an instance of gazumping
Derived Forms
gazumper, noun
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gazump

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gazump

0
24
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gazump