• IPA(key): /tʃiːt/
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  • Rhymes: -iːt

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English cheten, an aphetic variant of acheten, escheten, from Old French escheoiter, from the noun (see below). Displaced native Old English beswican.


cheat (third-person singular simple present cheats, present participle cheating, simple past and past participle cheated)

  1. (intransitive) To violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation.
    My brother flunked biology because he cheated on his mid-term.
  2. (intransitive) To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner.
    My husband cheated on me with his secretary.
    After he found out his wife cheated, he left her.
  3. (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.
  4. (transitive) To deceive; to fool; to trick.
    My ex-wife cheated me out of $40,000.
    He cheated his way into office.

Etymology 2Edit

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).


cheat (plural cheats)

  1. Someone who cheats (informal: cheater).
  2. An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture.
  3. The weed cheatgrass.
  4. A card game where the goal is to have no cards remaining in a hand, often by telling lies.
  5. (video games) A hidden means of gaining an unfair advantage in a computer game, often by entering a cheat code.
    • 1992, Phil Howard, Cheat Mode (in Amstrad Action issue 76, January 1992, page 32)
      I've had a number of requests for a cheat for Turrican the first. Yes, there is a keypress built in []
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