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.
Swindled money from the company.
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.