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shilling

[shil-ing] /ˈʃɪl ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a cupronickel coin and former monetary unit of the United Kingdom, the 20th part of a pound, equal to 12 pence: retained in circulation equal to 5 new pence after decimalization in 1971.
Abbreviation: s.
2.
a former monetary unit of various other nations, as Australia, Fiji, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Nigeria, equal to one twentieth of a pound or 12 pence.
3.
the monetary unit of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda, equal to 100 cents.
4.
any of various coins and moneys of account used in various parts of the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English scilling; cognate with Dutch schelling, German Schilling, Old Norse skillingr, Gothic skillings

shill

[shil] /ʃɪl/
noun
1.
a person who poses as a customer in order to decoy others into participating, as at a gambling house, auction, confidence game, etc.
2.
a person who publicizes or praises something or someone for reasons of self-interest, personal profit, or friendship or loyalty.
verb (used without object)
3.
to work as a shill:
He shills for a large casino.
verb (used with object)
4.
to advertise or promote (a product) as or in the manner of a huckster; hustle:
He was hired to shill a new TV show.
Origin
1920-25; origin uncertain
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Examples from the web for shilling
  • The marchers are not pulling for any one party, nor are they shilling for tertiary issues.
  • Without you, they won't see my shilling in that house.
  • Everything was so cheap: three pairs of stockings for a shilling.
  • Incredibly kitschy and stiff, but still out there shilling.
  • Psst your friends may be shilling for a soap company.
British Dictionary definitions for shilling

shilling

/ˈʃɪlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a former British and Australian silver or cupronickel coin worth one twentieth of a pound: not minted in Britain since 1970 Abbreviation s, sh
2.
the standard monetary unit of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda: divided into 100 cents
3.
an old monetary unit of the US varying in value in different states
4.
(in combination) (Scot) an indication of the strength and character of a beer, referring to the price after duty that was formerly paid per barrel: sixty-shilling, /-
Word Origin
Old English scilling; related to Old Norse skillingr, Gothic skilliggs, Old High German skilling

shill

/ʃɪl/
noun
1.
(slang) a confidence trickster's assistant, esp a person who poses as an ordinary customer, gambler, etc, in order to entice others to participate
Word Origin
C20: perhaps shortened from shillaber a circus barker, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for shilling
n.

Old English scilling, a coin consisting of a varying number of pence (on the continent, a common scale was 12 pennies to a shilling, 20 shillings to a pound), from Proto-Germanic *skillingoz- (cf. Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Old Frisian, Old High German skilling, Old Norse skillingr, Dutch schelling, German Schilling, Gothic skilliggs).

Some etymologists trace this to the root *skell- "to resound, to ring," and others to the root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut" (perhaps via sense of "shield" from resemblance or as a device on coins; see shield (n.)). The ending may represent the diminutive suffix -ling, or Germanic -ing "fractional part" (cf. farthing). Old Church Slavonic skulezi, Polish szelang, Spanish escalin, French schelling, Italian scellino are loan-words from Germanic.

shill

n.

"one who acts as a decoy for a gambler, auctioneer, etc.," 1916, probably originally circus or carnival argot, probably a shortened form of shillaber (1913) with the same meaning, origin unknown. The verb is attested from 1914. Related: Shilled; shilling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shilling

shikker

adjective

Drunk: We'll eat good, then we'll get shikker

[1898+ Australia & New Zealand; fr Yiddish fr Hebrew shikkur]


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Encyclopedia Article for shilling

former English and British coin, nominally valued at one-twentieth of a pound sterling, or 12 pence. The shilling was also formerly the monetary unit of Australia, Austria, New Zealand, and Ireland. Today it is the basic monetary unit in Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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