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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
1775-1785
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 swindler
  • No great capitalist, no political trickster, no swindler or thief shall enter it.
  • Besides, the government can file relatively few cases, while private shareholders can sue a swindler whenever they feel wronged.
  • If you give your card number, the swindler may make unauthorized charges to your account, even if you decide not to buy anything.
  • There is nothing as consistent as the delusion of a paranoid or the story of a swindler.
British Dictionary definitions for swindler

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 swindler
n.

1774, from German Schwindler "giddy person, extravagant speculator, cheat," from schwindeln "to be giddy, act extravagantly, swindle," from Old High German swintilon "be giddy," frequentative form of swintan "to languish, disappear;" cognate with Old English swindan, and probably with swima "dizziness." Said to have been introduced in London by German Jews c.1762.

swindle

v.

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

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