When you lie to little old ladies and tell them you are selling them a Florida condo but really sell them nothing, this is an example of a time when you swindle.
- to get money or property from (another) under false pretenses; cheat; defraud
- to get by false pretenses or fraud
Origin of swindleback-formation ; from swindler
verbswin·dled, swin·dling, swin·dles
- To cheat or defraud of money or property.
- To obtain by fraudulent means: swindled money from the company.
Origin of swindleBack-formation from swindler, one who swindles, from German Schwindler, giddy person, cheat, from schwindeln, to be dizzy, swindle, from Middle High German, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan, to disappear.
(third-person singular simple present swindles, present participle swindling, simple past and past participle swindled)
- An instance of swindling.
Middle High German, from Old High German swintiln, frequentative of the verb swintan, compare Modern German schwindeln.