AskDefine | Define swindle

Dictionary Definition

swindle n : the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud" [syn: cheat, rig] v : deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change" [syn: victimize, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, gyp, con]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. to defraud (someone)
    ''The two men swindled the company out of $160,000
  2. to obtain money or property by fraudulent or deceitful methods


to defraud someone
to obtain money or property by fraudulent or deceitful methods


  1. an instance of swindling


an instance of swindling

Extensive Definition

The term Swindle may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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