WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
scam /skæm/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  scammed, scam•ming. 
n. [countable]
  1. an illegal scheme to make money;
    swindle:One of his scams was to pose as a police officer.

v. [+ object]
  1. to cheat by means of a scam;
    swindle or defraud:to scam the tourists into buying fake jewelry.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
scam  (skam),USA pronunciation n., v.,  scammed, scam•ming. 
  1. a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, esp. for making a quick profit;

  1. to cheat or defraud with a scam.
scammer, n. 
  • 1960–65; origin, originally carnival argot; of obscure origin, originally


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