Swindle definition

swĭndl
To obtain by fraudulent means.

Swindled money from the company.

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To cheat or defraud of money or property.
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To practice fraud as a means of obtaining money or property.
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The act or an instance of swindling.
noun
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To get money or property from (another) under false pretenses; cheat; defraud.
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To get by false pretenses or fraud.
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To engage in swindling others.
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Swindle is to use deception, lies or fraudulent is defined as to trick someone or to obtain something that is not yours.

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.

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An act of swindling; trick; cheat; fraud.
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To defraud (someone).

The two men swindled the company out of $160,000.

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An instance of swindling.
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(intransitive) To obtain money or property by fraudulent or deceitful methods.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
swindle
Plural:
swindles

Origin of swindle

  • Back-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

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

  • Middle High German, from Old High German swintiln, frequentative of the verb swintan, compare Modern German schwindeln.

    From Wiktionary