From Middle English chete, an aphetic form of eschete, escheat (“the reversion of property to the state if there are no legal claimants”), from Anglo-Norman escheat, Old French eschet, escheit, escheoit (“that which falls to one”), from the past participle of eschoir (“to fall”), from Vulgar Latin *excadō, from Latin ex + cadō (“I fall”).
- (intransitive) To violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation.
- My brother flunked biology because he cheated on his mid-term.
- (intransitive) To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner.
- My husband cheated on me with his secretary.
- (transitive) To manage to avoid something even though it seemed unlikely.
- He cheated death when his car collided with a moving train.
- I feel as if I've cheated fate.
- (transitive) To deceive; to fool; to trick.
- My ex-wife cheated me out of $40,000.
- He cheated his way into office.
- I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of this island.
- To beguile.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
- Washington Irving
- to cheat winter of its dreariness
cheat (plural cheats)
- Someone who cheats (informal: cheater).
- An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture.
- When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat.
- The weed cheatgrass.
- A card game where the goal is to have no cards remaining in a hand, often by telling lies.
- (video games) A hidden means of gaining an unfair advantage in a computer game, often by entering a cheat code.