Shylock meaning

shīlŏk
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A ruthless moneylender; a loan shark.
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(person, proper) The Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
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To lend money at exorbitant interest rates.
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(US) A loan shark.
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A person who is without pity in business dealings; exacting creditor.
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(intransitive, US) To lend money at exorbitant rates of interest.
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A fictional character who was a moneylender (Jewish stereotype) in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
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Origin of shylock

  • After 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

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

  • From the character Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

    From Wiktionary