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 swintil&omacron;n, 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.