- The definition of a cheat is a dishonest person.
An example of a cheat is a person that counts cards while playing poker.
- To cheat is defined as to mislead or behave in a dishonest way.
An example of to cheat is a student getting the answers to a test from another student.
- the act of deceiving or swindling; deception; fraud
- a person who defrauds, deceives, or tricks others; swindler
- Informal a person who is sexually unfaithful
- a code entered into a video game by a player, which allows advancement, as to a higher level, more easilyin full cheat code
Origin of cheatsee cheatgrass chess
Origin of cheatMiddle English chete from eschete: see escheat
- to deal with dishonestly for one's own gain; defraud; swindle
- to deceive by trickery; fool; mislead
- to foil or escape by tricks or by good luck: to cheat death
- to deprive of or destroy the effect of through error or ignorance: using the wrong word cheated him of his legacy
- to practice fraud or deception
- to behave dishonestly, as at games or on an examination
- Informal to be sexually unfaithful: often with on
verbcheat·ed, cheat·ing, cheats
- To deceive by trickery; swindle: cheated customers by overcharging them for purchases.
- To deprive by trickery; defraud: cheated them of their land.
- To mislead; fool: illusions that cheat the eye.
- To elude; escape: cheat death.
- To act dishonestly; practice fraud.
- To violate rules deliberately, as in a game: was accused of cheating at cards.
- Informal To be sexually unfaithful: cheat on a spouse.
- Sports To position oneself closer to a certain area than is normal or expected: The shortstop cheated toward second base.
- An act of cheating; a fraud or swindle.
- One who cheats; a swindler.
- A technique that exploits a flaw or hidden feature in a video game or computer program.
- Law Fraudulent acquisition of another's property.
- Botany Any of several species of brome, especially Bromus secalinus, an annual European grass widespread as a weed.
Origin of cheatMiddle English cheten to confiscate short for acheten variant of escheten from eschete escheat ; see escheat .
(third-person singular simple present cheats, present participle cheating, simple past and past participle cheated)
- (intransitive) To violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation.
- My brother flunked biology because he cheated on his mid-term.
- (intransitive) To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner.
- My husband cheated on me with his secretary.
- To manage to avoid something even though it seemed unlikely.
- He cheated death when his car collided with a moving train.
- I feel as if I've cheated fate.
- To deceive; to fool; to trick.
- My ex-wife cheated me out of $40,000.
- He cheated his way into office.
- To beguile.
- Someone who cheats (informal: cheater).
- An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture.
- The weed cheatgrass.
- A card game where the goal is to have no cards remaining in a hand, often by telling lies.
- A hidden means of gaining an unfair advantage in a computer game, often by entering a cheat code.
From Middle English chete, an aphetic form of eschete (“escheat, the reversion of property to the state if there are no legal claimants”). More at escheat.