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[swin-dl] /ˈswɪn dl/
verb (used with object), swindled, swindling.
to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
to obtain by fraud or deceit.
verb (used without object), swindled, swindling.
to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.
an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
anything deceptive; a fraud:
This advertisement is a real swindle.
Origin of swindle
1775-85; back formation from swindler < German Schwindler irresponsible person, promoter of wildcat schemes, cheat, derivative of schwindeln to be dizzy (hence dizzy-minded, irresponsible), defraud, equivalent to schwind- (akin to Old English swindan to languish) + -(e)l- -le + -er -er1
Related forms
swindleable, adjective
swindler, noun
swindlingly, adverb
outswindle, verb (used with object), outswindled, outswindling.
1. cozen, dupe, trick, gull. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for swindle
  • Their duties range from checking that market traders do not swindle customers to tracking down brothels.
  • The corresponding swindle relating to economics takes place outside of economic theory proper.
  • And consider that government-backed standards in the credit card banking sector have already proved futile, one swindle at a time.
  • It would be explosive if high pay continued to be seen as a swindle.
  • The big question is whether the regulators are competent enough to intentionally swindle people.
  • Also, you never know who is going to try and swindle money out of a company and try to get away with it.
  • The representatives want to swap the swindle under carpet.
  • Whatever you can swindle out of unsuspecting tourists buddy.
  • The local bases do a decent job of tracking dealers that swindle service members.
  • How, exactly, he pulled off the swindle remained unreported.
British Dictionary definitions for swindle


to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
(transitive) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
a fraudulent scheme or transaction
Derived Forms
swindler, noun
Word Origin
C18: back formation from German Schwindler, from schwindeln, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan to disappear
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Word Origin and History for swindle

1782, back-formation from swindler. Related: Swindled; swindling. As a noun from 1833.

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