Back-formation from swindler, from German Schwindler, from German schwindeln, from Middle High German swindeln, swindelen, from Old High German swintiln, frequentative of the verb swintan; compare Modern German schwindeln, Danish svindel and svindle, Dutch zwindelen and zwendelen, Yiddish שווינדל (shvindl), Low German swinneln, Middle English swinden (“to languish, waste away”).
- (transitive) To defraud.
- The two men swindled the company out of $160,000.
- (transitive, intransitive) To obtain (money or property) by fraudulent or deceitful methods.
- She swindled more than £200 out of me.
- See also Thesaurus:deceive
- (to be swindled): be sold a pup (idiomatic, British, Australian)
- (to defraud): swizz (informal, mainly British)
swindle (plural swindles)