WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
v. [~ + object (+ out of + object)]
- to cheat (someone) out of money or other valuable things:They swindled us (out of thousands of dollars).
- to obtain by cheating or dishonest practices:He swindled enough money (out of us) to fly to South America.
- the act of swindling;
a scheme involving swindling.
- anything that involves cheating.
- to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
- to obtain by fraud or deceit.
- to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others;
- an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
- anything deceptive;
a fraud:This advertisement is a real swindle.
- German Schwindler irresponsible person, promoter of wildcat schemes, cheat, derivative of schwindeln to be dizzy (hence dizzy-minded, irresponsible), defraud, equivalent. to schwind- (akin to Old English swindan to languish) + -(e)l- -le + -er -er1
- back formation from swindler 1775–85
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cozen, dupe, trick, gull.