- the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice
- a person who is without pity in business dealings; exacting creditor
- Slang loan shark
intransitive verbshy·locked, shy·lock·ing, shy·locks
Origin of shylockAfter Shylock, the ruthless Jewish usurer in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice who demands a pound of his debtor's flesh as compensation for default upon a loan.
- (US) A loan shark.
(third-person singular simple present shylocks, present participle shylocking, simple past and past participle shylocked)
From the character Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice