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cheat

[ cheet ]SEE DEFINITION OF cheat
  • nounperson who fools others
  • nountrick
  • verbdefraud, fool
  • verbfrustrate, thwart

Synonyms for cheat

  • charlatan
  • con artist
  • crook
  • hypocrite
  • impostor
  • rascal
  • rogue
  • swindler
  • trickster
  • bluff
  • chiseler
  • deceiver
  • decoy
  • defrauder
  • dodger
  • double-crosser
  • double-dealer
  • fake
  • jockey
  • masquerader
  • pretender
  • quack
  • scammer
  • shark
  • sharper
  • shyster
  • confidence operator
  • conniver
  • cozener
  • enticer
  • inveigler
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHEAT

He so humble, so aged, so loth to take our money—and yet a villain and a cheat.

The Bacillus is a cheat; every woman to her lover is the most beautiful!

We thought it no harm to cheat the people of the canteens, for we knew they were doing all they could to cheat us.

He was fond of saying indelicate things, and used to cheat at cards.

A conspiracy between speech and action to cheat the understanding.

I guess it's well for you Ann Toby's what she is, or she'd cheat you out o' your eye-teeth!

Some good fellows have warned me to beware of them, they cheat man and beast.

You are a cheat, North Wind; you have taken back your tablecloth.

Pretending to be friendly with me, and knowing all the time that you were doing your best to cheat——'

"If he's a cheat and he's gone off with my bag, I just can't help it," he thought.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "to escheat," a shortening of Old French escheat, legal term for revision of property to the state when the owner dies without heirs, literally "that which falls to one," past participle of escheoir "befall by chance, happen, devolve," from Vulgar Latin *excadere "to fall away," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Also cf. escheat. The royal officers evidently had a low reputation. Meaning evolved through "confiscate" (mid-15c.) to "deprive unfairly" (1580s). To cheat on (someone) "be sexually unfaithful" first recorded 1934. Related: Cheated; cheating.

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