Definitions for: Cheat

[n] a deception for profit to yourself
[n] the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud"
[n] someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
[n] weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat
[n] weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous
[v] defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
[v] deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money"
[v] engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud; "Who's chiseling on the side?"
[v] be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cheat, n. [rob. an abbrevation of escheat, lands or
tenements that fall to a lord or to the state by forfeiture,
or by the death of the tenant without heirs; the meaning
being explained by the frauds, real or supposed, that were
resorted to in procuring escheats. See Escheat.]
1. An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of
fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition;

When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat. --Dryden.

2. One who cheats or deceives; an impostor; a deceiver; a

Airy wonders, which cheats interpret. --Johnson

3. (Bot.) A troublesome grass, growing as a weed in grain
fields; -- called also chess. See Chess.

4. (Law) The obtaining of property from another by an
intentional active distortion of the truth.

Note: When cheats are effected by deceitful or illegal
symbols or tokens which may affect the public at large
and against which common prudence could not have
guarded, they are indictable at common law. --Wharton.

Syn: Deception; imposture; fraud; delusion; artifice; trick;
swindle; deceit; guile; finesse; stratagem.

Cheat, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cheated; p. pr. & vb. n.
Cheating.] [See Cheat, n., Escheat.]
1. To deceive and defraud; to impose upon; to trick; to

I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his
cunning hath cheated me of this island. --Shak.

2. To beguile. --Sir W. Scott.

To cheat winter of its dreariness. --W. Irving.

Syn: To trick; cozen; gull; chouse; fool; outwit; circumvent;
beguile; mislead; dupe; swindle; defraud; overreach;
delude; hoodwink; deceive; bamboozle.

Cheat, v. i.
To practice fraud or trickery; as, to cheat at cards.

Cheat, n. [Perh. from OF. chet['e] goods, chattels.]
Wheat, or bread made from wheat. [Obs.] --Drayton.

Their purest cheat, Thrice bolted, kneaded, and subdued
in paste. --Chapman.

Synonyms: bearded darnel, beat, beguiler, betray, Bromus secalinus, cheat on, cheater, cheating, chess, chicane, chisel, chouse, cuckold, darnel, deceiver, jockey, Lolium temulentum, rig, rip off, screw, shaft, slicker, swindle, tare, trickster, wander

See Also: beat, beat out, beguile, betrayer, bilk, bluffer, brome, bromegrass, bunco, bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, charlatan, chiseler, chiseller, con, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, cook, counterfeiter, cozen, cozenage, crib, crush, deceit, deceive, deception, decoy, defraud, delude, diddle, dissembler, dissembling, dissimulation, dodger, double-crosser, double-dealer, fake, fake, faker, falsifier, falsify, figurehead, finagler, fleece, flimflam, fool around, forger, fortune hunter, four-flusher, fox, fraud, fraud, front, front man, fudge, gazump, gerrymander, goldbrick, gouger, gyp, gyp, holdout, hoodwink, hook, hustle, hypocrite, imitator, impersonator, imposter, impostor, job, juggle, lead on, liar, manipulate, misleader, misrepresent, mountebank, mulct, nobble, nominal head, obscurantist, offender, overcharge, phoney, phony, play around, pluck, plume, pretender, prevaricator, pseud, pseudo, rig, rob, role player, rook, rye grass, ryegrass, sandbagger, scam, scam, scammer, set up, sham, shammer, shark, sharper, sharpie, sharpy, shell, shell game, slyboots, soak, steerer, sting, straw man, surcharge, swindle, swindler, swiz, thimblerig, traitor, trounce, twotime, two-timer, utterer, vanquish, victimise, victimize, wangle, wangler, welsh, whipsaw, wrongdoer

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