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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, from Proto-West Germanic *swindan (to diminish).

See also Modern German schwindeln, Danish svindel and svindle, Dutch zwindelen and zwendelen, Yiddish שווינדל(shvindl), Low German swinneln, Middle English swinden (to languish, waste away).


  • IPA(key): /ˈswɪnd(ə)l/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪndəl


swindle (third-person singular simple present swindles, present participle swindling, simple past and past participle swindled)

  1. (transitive) To defraud.
    The two men swindled the company out of $160,000.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To obtain (money or property) by fraudulent or deceitful methods.
    She swindled more than £200 out of me.
  3. (chess) for a player in a losing position to play a clever move that provokes an error from the opponent, thus achieving a win or a draw


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swindle (plural swindles)

  1. An instance of swindling.
    • 1935, G. K. Chesterton, The Scandal of Father Brown:
      [T]he scandal was the pretty common one of a corrupt agreement between hotel proprietors and a salesman who took and gave secret commissions, so that his business had a monopoly of all the drink sold in the place. It wasn't even an open slavery like an ordinary tied house; it was a swindle at the expense of everybody the manager was supposed to serve.
  2. Anything that is deceptively not what it appears to be.
  3. (chess) An instance wherein a player in a losing position plays a clever move that provokes an error from the opponent, thus achieving a win or a draw.