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swindled

[swin-dld] /ˈswɪn dld/
adjective, Jewelry.
1.
(of a gem) cut so as to retain the maximum weight of the original stone or to give a false impression of size, especially by having the table too large.
Origin

swindle

[swin-dl] /ˈswɪn dl/
verb (used with object), swindled, swindling.
1.
to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
2.
to obtain by fraud or deceit.
verb (used without object), swindled, swindling.
3.
to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.
noun
4.
an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
5.
anything deceptive; a fraud:
This advertisement is a real swindle.
Origin
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.
Synonyms
1. cozen, dupe, trick, gull.
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Examples from the web for swindled
  • Some traded their apartments for vodka, or were swindled out of them and have slept rough since.
  • It becomes less admirable if you've been personally swindled.
  • Whether you feel enlightened or swindled is your call.
  • Using a bank or official currency exchange reduces the chance of receiving counterfeit cash or being swindled.
  • It only increases your junk mail and your chances of being swindled.
  • They often fail to report being swindled to law enforcement agencies.
British Dictionary definitions for swindled

swindle

/ˈswɪndəl/
verb
1.
to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
2.
(transitive) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
noun
3.
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 swindled

swindle

v.

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

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