Scam Definition

skăm
scammed, scamming, scams
noun
scams

A swindle or fraud; esp. a confidence game.

Webster's New World
A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
cozenage
verb
scammed
To cheat or swindle, as in a confidence game.
Webster's New World
To defraud; swindle.
American Heritage

To defraud or embezzle.

They tried to scam her out of her savings.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Scam

Noun

Singular:
scam
Plural:
scams

Origin of Scam

  • The word "scam" became common use among the US "drug culture" in early 1980 after Operation ABSCAM, an FBI sting operation directed at public officials, became public.

    From Wiktionary

  • US carnival slang. Possibly from scamp (“swindler, cheater")

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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