swindler

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n swindler a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Swindler One who swindles, or defrauds grossly; one who makes a practice of defrauding others by imposition or deliberate artifice; a cheat. "Fraud and injustice soon follow, and the dignity of the British merchant is sunk in the scandalous appellation of a swindler .""Perhaps you 'll think I act the same
      As a sly sharper plays his game."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n swindler One who swindles; one who defrauds or makes a practice of defrauding others; a cheat; a rogue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Swindler one who defrauds by imposition: a cheat or rogue
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. schwindler, fr. schwindlen, to be dizzy, to act thoughtlessly, to cheat, fr. schwindel, dizziness, fr. schwinden, to vanish, to disappear, to dwindle. See Swim to be dizzy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. schwindler, a cheat—schwindeln, to be giddy, schwindenempty, to sink; A.S. swindan, to droop.

Usage

In literature:

He was an accomplished fellow, and I really liked him; but, unfortunately for us, he was a swindler.
"Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands" by Mary Seacole
We have some sharp swindlers in New York.
"Chester Rand" by Horatio Alger, Jr
He was considered,' he added, lowering his voice, 'on 'Change as a swindler.
"Posthumous Works" by Mary Wollstonecraft
Hasbrook is a regular swindler.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
He wanted yet a quarter, the swindler.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
The swindler was a potter, and the woman told him that he ought to give her a load of pots.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Multitudes of swindlers are naturally induced to adopt advertising as a trade, and some of them make great fortunes at it.
"The American Credo" by George Jean Nathan
Voles would swear anything, and their case would stand good on the proved fact that he, Jones, was a swindler.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
He was a professional swindler, no doubt.
"The Telegraph Boy" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
Those fellers are swindlers, pure an' simple.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
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In poetry:

Ah, God! a poor soul can but thank Thee
For such a delectable day!
Though the fury, the fool, and the swindler,
To-morrow again have their way!
"The Delectable Day" by Charles Kingsley
The Derby Day sun glittered gaily on cads,
On maidens with gamboge hair,
On sharpers and pickpockets, swindlers and pads,
(For I, with my harp, was there).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

'Shameless swindler' sentenced to prison in Anne Arundel paving crimes.
A judge is now deciding whether accused swindler Bernard Madoff should be sent to jail Or remain free on bail.
Alleged swindler tries a short sale .
New York prosecutors say the multibillion-dollar fraud carried out by Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff began as far back as the early 1970s.
New York prosecutors say the multibillion-dollar fraud carried out by Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff (MAY'-dawf) began as far back as the early 1970s.
Swindler Cox gets 26 years.
Naples hedge fund swindler David Mobley, who confessed in 2000 to bilking investors of close to $60 million, is back in federal court in Fort Myers asking for a reduction of his 14-year sentence.
Swindler seeks 3rd term.
A lifelong Shelbyville resident, Jon Swindler has seen the city continue to grow while maintaining it's small-town atmosphere.
After Four Years, Settlement In Swindler 's Bankruptcy Case.
Family has a long wait for restitution from swindler .
Prosecutors seek $15,000 a month from 70-year-old swindler .
Sweetheart Swindler ' has date with prison.
Ex-star cop now accused of being a drug-dealing swindler .
Alleged swindler tries a short sale.
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