estafar

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish estafar, from Italian staffare.

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estafar (first-person singular present estafo, past participle estafat)

  1. to scam, swindle

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian staffare (to lose one's stirrup[s]), comparing the victim of a fraud to a rider.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /estaˈfaɾ/, [es.t̪aˈfaɾ]

Verb[edit]

estafar (first-person singular present estafo, first-person singular preterite estafé, past participle estafado)

  1. (transitive) to swindle, to con
    Synonyms: engañar, timar
  2. (transitive) to rip off, to cheat

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Usage notes[edit]

The difference between estafar and timar and their corresponding derivatives is that estafar typically has to do with graver offense in conning and swindling than timar does. Estafar is more of an action that you could be potentially arrested for. Keep in mind as always that this can vary regionally, and in some places the two terms may be entirely synonymous.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: estafar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steven N. Dworkin (2012) A History of the Spanish Lexicon, Oxford: OUP, →ISBN, page 154

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